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Without Thinking about It
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Even though

we tie bells onto the lower branches of the cedar
five bells
smallish, brass . . .

the liturgy of everyday life
goes on, without

disruption or explanation

even in rain or brusque wind . . .

I do not judge your errors
nor you
my weakness . . .

All day the heart—which has
no clapper—
makes itself heard

moving inside the bone cage

as over moss, footfall by footfall

we are drawn deeper into what may be
the certainty that

not knowing if faith or doubt keeps us here . . .

keeps us, here

Margaret Gibson  

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.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Margaret Gibson. "Without Thinking about It." Southern Review 49.2 (2013): 269-269. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Gibson, M.(2013). Without Thinking about It. Southern Review 49(2), 269. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Margaret Gibson. "Without Thinking about It." Southern Review 49, no. 2 (2013): 269-269. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 10, 2013).
T1 - Without Thinking about It
A1 - Margaret Gibson
JF - Southern Review
VL - 49
IS - 2
SP - 269
EP - 269
PY - 2013
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v049/49.2.gibson.html
N1 - Volume 49, Number 2, Spring 2013
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