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First Scrutiny
Christianity and Literature. 53.1 (Autumn 2003): p39+. From Literature Resource Center.

Hans Ostrom is Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. He has published poems in Ploughshares, Commonweal, and Poetry Northwest.

First Scrutiny

   Pay attention: You constitute a
   clutter of fear, regret, despair.

   You are old. Indeed,
   it is always late.

   You eat, sleep, and ogle
   too much--are

   an odd blend of hog,
   hibernating bear, and cat.

   You'll never grow up.
   And so on.

   You're just another routine
   example of grace--

   that is, of its absolute necessity,
   obvious presence. If I were

   God, I wouldn't bother
   with you. God, however,

   is God and apparently
   bothers. Pay attention.
Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Ostrom, Hans. "First Scrutiny." Christianity and Literature, vol. 53, no. 1, 2003, p. 39+. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 25 June 2019.

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