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It Is a Fearful Thing

by Gwendolyn Jensen


to raise a child, to raise a prayer, to touch

a friend, to lose the self in laughter, to touch


the mind to find a word, to find your place,

to hear the hammer sharp of bat touch ball,


to hear the wush a helicopter makes

ascending to a glacier, to be


a part of a larger happiness,

to hear the memory of song, to touch


a woman at the end of day, to dream

a father homeā€”it is a fearful thing


to love what death can touch.