we tie bells onto the lower branches of the cedarfive bellssmallish, brass . . .
the liturgy of everyday lifegoes on, without
disruption or explanationsilently
even in rain or brusque wind . . .
I do not judge your errorsnor youmy weakness . . .
All day the heart—which hasno clapper—makes itself heard
moving inside the bone cage
softlyas over moss, footfall by footfall
we are drawn deeper into what may bethe certainty that
not knowing if faith or doubt keeps us here . . .
keeps us, here [End Page 269]
Margaret Gibson is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Second Nature and One Body. Her work has won several awards and was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. She also authored The Prodigal Daughter, a memoir. Gibson lives with her husband David McKain in Preston, Connecticut, and is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut.