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Today

there is sunlight, tomorrow
there will be sunlight and

if not sunlight then something
the sunlight built

to do its work, which is
carrying on in the way

we all do: walking
through grasses,

sweeping front steps, or
through the ordinary

seasons and hours
falling

yes like rain, which
we step through

and are in and of and
listen—

flock of uncatchable
birds.
 
 
 

Katharine Rauk is the author of the chapbook Basil (Black Lawrence Press 2011) and has poems published in Harvard Review, Paper Darts, Anti-, Hobart, Revolver, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Twin Cities.