Beauty

flowerBy Kim Redigan

the purple cone flower poking through a bed of basil
stands as a bold rebuke to a world
that loves war.
so much stands in judgment of the course
we have set.
round red tomatoes breaking backs
of rusty cages.
Jamila’s majadrah
across backyard fence.
grapevines embrace
bent trellis.
mint tea with matt
on dusk-kissed porch.
how can we make war
in the midst of sunflowers
and friends with cancer
and babies being born?
so much beauty
fragility
beauty
tenuousness
beauty
mystery
beauty
awe
beauty
God.
so much beauty it hurts.
how dare we make war in a world such as this?
if we looked . . .
really looked
we would drop
our weapons,
fall
to our knees,
and know
perhaps
for the very
first time
what it means
to really
worship.

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