Benediction – a poem by Paula Colangelo


You may not share the belief 
	of a half-starved scribe, but 

when the panic of insomnia won’t be 
	quelled, enter the raw night; look up.
Although you can’t see inside the moon, 
	it pulls pliant water within you.

Its unavailable light summons.
	Be the angry drunk and rail against 

the stuttering wind, but still bet the pot 
	on such a thing as grace.

Paula Colangelo’s poems are published in SWWIM Every Day, Lily Poetry Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifactand forthcoming in Sugar House Review and Canary Literary Magazine. Her book reviews appear in Pleiades and Rain Taxi. She has taught poetry in healing focused rehabilitation programs.

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