First Scrutiny

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Author: Hans Ostrom
Date: Autumn 2003
From: Christianity and Literature(Vol. 53, Issue 1)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Document Type: Brief article; Poem
Length: 22 words

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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.

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