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The kingdom of heaven is like
a hummingbird nest, the luckiest
cup of air to hold a breast
of solitude, but no, not luck

but the bitter work of a long beak.
Not work, but a thousand grasses
of kisses. This is time collapsed
to an empty watch after a week

building, sewn and lined with down,
and feathers, a hovering over
a face. You, who art, our Mother,
behold the hollow, your crown.

—John Poch