Instrument of Good Works #59 (St. Benedict)
From Literature Resource Center. 53.1 (Autumn 2003): p40+.
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2003 Sage Publications, Inc.
Hans Ostrom is Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. He has published poems in Ploughshares, Commonweal, and Poetry Northwest.
Instrument of Good Works #59 (St. Benedict) My will is good at what it does: insist, persist. I despise it as I hated rocks I used to bust up with a sledge-hammer at the gravel-plant, minimum wage. I loathe my will for prolonging foolishness, knocking wisdom aside, and belching pride. I will pay attention to St. Benedict and despise my will. I will.