Grass Beside the Church of St. Francis Xavier
(Night Before a Late Summer Storm)

by Arthur Powers (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This, too, must resist
passing storm, bleak night,
summer grass beneath
a battlement, kissed

by winds that twist
small roots aright.
This, too, must sheath
tiny blades beside

a pale stone buttress
rising, wide and white,
stone into black mist—
lost up in holiness.
This, too, must fight.

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