New Life, Lake Scituate
Jeffrey Galbraith (bio)

Fall backward to disappear
into the water
     Ask the preacher
to let you stay down a while

and when you rise up into the air your ears
and eyes turn on again so strongly

it seems you no longer need them
       But you do

In the news this weekend a musician
one mother, and three teenage boys canoeing

capsized or cramped up, their breath
flaked with lake silt and quarry-dark

     Newly taken by faith
you still must flinch. Shun dark alleys. Test
your brakes

    In some ways all is not forgiven



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