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One Important Tool



making a shovel

out of my resistance—

digging the rest of it out

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The Paper Clip




Something splendid about the way

it holds things together

with elasticity and torsion,

Such simple invention—

a steel wire bent on itself.

Less violent than a staple.

Less permanent than glue.

But effective and elegant,

it does what I’ve so often

wished to do—it unites.

It gently connects what is separate.

It doesn’t leave a scar.

It maintains order and humbly

keeps the messy world composed.

But then, and here is where I fail,

it easily lets things go.






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Simple Tools




for Christie


I am so grateful for the rubber spatula,

the way it sits quietly in the drawer

yet is always ready for action—

is game to scrape the walls of the blender

or to fold chocolate chips into cookie dough.

It evens and swirls the frosting on cake

and welcomes the tongue

of a child. In a sharp world,

it knows the value of being blunt;

it knows that to smooth is a gift to the world.

Some people are knives, and

I thank them. Me, I want to belong

to the order of spatulas—those

who blend, who mix, who co-mingle

dissimilars to create a cohesive whole.

I want to spread sweetness, to be a workhorse

for beauty, to stir things up,

to clean things out. I want to be useful,

an instrument of unity, a means, a lever for life.

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