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Just Short of Grace


We cry our law aloud
hoping to be safe
but those who really try come to silence
both abased and too proud
and fearful to say
how they strain against their heart’s own violence
Those who stay persuaded
shouting to the rest
think the battle is outside of the wall
Their zeal is unfaded
but inside the breast
a battle is fled unfought and unguessed


-- Catherine Y., Adult