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by Lois Bassen


Resist the tyrant,

even God.

Nurse the unwholesome and help

to safety those desperate for asylum.

Speak simply, quickly, and in whispers

as though overheard by an informant.

Avoid cameras.

Copy down artlessly the dying words of saints

and carry their messages at personal risk to able translators.

Remember the names of ten thousand ghosts

and feel their hands move through yours to open doors for each of them.

Sleep only to dream.

Praise explorers and those who seek cures.

Encourage commerce,

for it created the great metaphor, Money.

Finally:

cast in silence,

the setting of your stone.