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    COMMUNITY

    Awakened to it from the womb
    And nurtured by it at the breast,
    Dependent on it till the tomb,
    Our need beyond a cozy nest!
    Of leaves and limbs, the mother tree:
    Community—Community!

    We learned from others, not alone—
    Our single self is not the rule!
    Upon a high and haughty throne,
    A reigning soul will play the fool
    By treating with audacity
    Community—Community!

    We find it not in mirrored looks
    Or journals penned by our own hands.
    It thrives from reading ancient books,
    Connecting us by global bands
    To timeless waves of history:
    Community—Community!

    It twirls within our work and walk—
    An earning-spending form of dance.
    It sings in chorus, lives in talk
    With those we meet by date or chance.
    This deep and daily mystery?
    Community—Community!

    Life interwoven never roams
    As isolated, island deeds—
    Our neighborhoods, our schools, our homes,
    All ties of labor, commerce, creeds,
    Announce one human destiny:
    Community—Community!

    — David L. Hatton, 3/14/2016
    (to be in my book Poems Between Here and Beyond)
    Last edited by PastorDavidRN; 03-14-2016, 11:21 PM.
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