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That moment when, in the midst of wreckage
and tears, you see a scarlet cardinal
across the way, and last evening,
he and his mate, more russet than red,
alighted in your yard amid destruction
from a hurricane, the two feeding
on unearthed worms and seeds.
It is then you feel the Spirit’s presence,
unbidden beauty nourishing your soul.

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Stella Nesanovich

Stella Nesanovich is the author of two full-length collections: Vespers at Mount Angel and Colors of the River and four chapbooks of poems. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines and several anthologies and has been featured on American Life in Poetry. She is Professor Emerita of English from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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