One puts down the first line
in trust that life and language
are abundant enough to complete it…
                                Wendell Berry

Having run the gauntlet
between lawn and tangled vine,
skipping across the bare spots,
hopping over rocks,
hurrying to make a deadline,

no need to check
calendar or clock to know
that time is keeper of the score,

it is not the fear
of running out of food
that makes us eat,
nor the fear
of running out of ink
that makes us write.

We pray
for the abundance
that completes us.