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“Here’s a truth, friends,”
He said before leaving:
“Anyone with faith
will do greater things
than these when I go
to the Father.”

Hyperbole. It had to be.
Greater things than
water into wine?
Raging seas calmed?
Lepers cleansed, dead
raised? Really, Jesus?

Then I saw the tree—
dead, fallen years before,
limbs snapped raw like
broken bones, its trunk
a shroud-less corpse
still teeming with life:

nursery for seedlings,
respirator for carbon,
canteen for fresh water;
host to spiders, snails, voles;
construction site for ants
where microbes multiply

as sunlight showers
down a holey canopy,
mothering life miraculous
as moss and myriad as stars,
the Father echoing one
thing and the same:

Greater things by far!

Mark Hiskes

Mark Hiskes is a retired high school English teacher from Holland, Michigan, who devotes his time to a number of things: two delightful grandchildren, Sylvie and Paige; his wonderful wife, Cindy, with whom he rebuilds and refurbishes old furniture for sale in her antique booth; reading ever more great books, ancient, old, and new; and doing his best to write poetry, stories, and essays that might, God willing, tell some manner of truth.