In a way,The brightest flashlight we could hold
Was held by us,
A destiny or two ago.
We know what has been,
And if we find where to point this light,
We might enlighten,
What we know beyond our sight.
We can, should we will, see barren truth,
And intention whole and stark.
What we haven’t broken, in our selfish blankness,
Is the endurance of the heart.
— Neil Frederick, Brown County
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