The Contract

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Sabbath starts,

Tomorrow another,

And a vigil for Sunday observances

This time must be important

And there are traditions that,

Sabbath-like,

Will pray throughout the hours every day

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When it passed the first time,

Creation had begun

Everything in orbit,

Even what looks happenstance

Like comets or

A train of meteors

They circle everything

Everything is circling

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Sabbath-time

In certain lore

Is that it’s our time

A gift of rest whose precedent

Is God

The word that spoke into ex nihilo

Created everything

Then called the host to take

Some easy breathing

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We worship God but

Once a week

And there are those who

Go for more

Somehow, God is prodding

And is waiting

Inside the box

And pushing from outside

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Remembering it is God

Who is the source of everything

In motion

God can take rejection

Bear denial

Will not disappear

For our repudiation

Will wait inside the box

But has other places

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For us,

What shall we say?

An issue is control

A tissue-thin issue

God has rendered thin within

The covenant

We think it means so much

And it does

Sometimes salvation turns upon it,

Though here it is:

A planet is presented to us

And by contract with each other

The terms are simple

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Care for this

There are avatars

He knows his place

Risking it each time

She comes to us

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C L Couch

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Saltillo, México

Clean Night

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