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Do not doubt it with the limited view that separates ordinary from sacred. —Dogen

It is the human vocation to discover
the extraordinary in the ordinar
y – the body the blood

on the side of the road         groundhog & elk
in the unmown grass, the deer

with its late-summer antlers       & the open
window your voice         singing along

with my selection of melancholy songs, perfect
for the sweet        smoking of meats

& the writing of poems.         Our longing

for home. Here is the hare, broken for us.
Here the bees, the snake        & the lake

that overflows to the beach
behind the trees. Stop the car here, if you dare –

open the door & descend the stairs,
let the air kiss your skin,

the spray of waves –
let it take your very breath away

Photo by Maria on Unsplash

Marci Rae Johnson

Marci Rae Johnson works for and is also a freelance editor. Her poems appear in Image, The Christian Century, Main Street Rag, The Collagist, Rhino, Quiddity, Hobart, Redivider, Redactions, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, and 32 Poems, among others. Her most recent book, Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, was published by Steel Toe Books.