Ordinary Time

by Peter Huggins

I don’t like to admit it,
But I am lost
In ordinary time:
After the death and before
The birth, endless waiting
For the miracles to happen.

Sometimes I think
That’s a vain hope—they will
Never happen. 
Sometimes I think if not by fire,
Then certainly by water,
Either way, we’ll get it.

The solidity of the world
Will recede and be replaced
By what comes next,
Whether that is darkness
Or light or something else
Entirely remains to be seen.

Peter Huggins is the author of seven books of poems, including the forthcoming Small Mercies. He has also published three books of fiction for children; Trosclair and the Alligator appeared on the PBS show Between the Lions. A recipient of a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he taught for thirty-one years in the English Department at Auburn University.

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