POEM: The Cut Worm

Blake said, “The cut worm forgives the plow.”

This might make me wonder whether the plowman gains the same grace,
but I don’t think one can comprehend forgiveness
if one isn’t already prone to grudge-holding.

The cut worm doesn’t forgive, because no alternative exists.

Before we reach the point at which worms need to learn forgiveness
they will have gone on strike from their soil-churning duties —

crops will wither and fail
we’ll already be wondering whether we can ever forgive
the worms for their impudence.

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