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“If You Have Nothing”

“If You Have Nothing”

From Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, “If You Have Nothing”

The gesture of a gift is adequate

If you have nothing: laurel leaf or bay,

no flower, no seed, no apple gathered late,

do not in desperation lay

the beauty of your tears upon the clay.

No gift is proper to a Deity;

no fruit is worthy for such power to bless.

If you have nothing, gather back your sign,

and with your hands held high, your heart held high,

lift up your emptiness!


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