In the Wheat ~ Songs in Your Presence
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49

But for those walls
we were set
in a landscape of fields
and woods
and would have
celebrated their rhythms
and rituals
like hermits did,
but our rules applied
to cenobites
who had left the fields
outside
to be worked at
and utilized.



50

Why did they instruct me
to refrain my innocent complaisance
that took You as a friend
on a familiar basis?

When someone told me
to be strong and not expect
Your warm affections
I thought how incongruous that was,
for I presumed that everyone
experienced what I had.—




51


De Diligendo Deo

We loved You for no other reason
than that we wanted to.


52

For we came to You
with full volition
that was older than we
and had been stirring in us
since we were three.
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