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Louie Skipper: Startled Again

3 a.m.: Startled again in the mirror by my huge head.

All my prayers have been answered

by one breath following another.

Light passes through the last leaves

as through a girl’s thin summer blouse.

The weight of words arranged

like a naked woman sleeping.

First the winds then the ballet.


Copyright 2018 Louie Skipper. From The Work Ethic of the Common Fly (Settlement House, 2018)

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Louie Skipper is an Episcopalian priest and college chaplain in Montgomery, Alabama.

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