Carolyn Oliver

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Hymn in My Sickness
after John Donne

I am a holy room,
for ever
made music; as I come
here
I think

my physicians grow
their map
on this bed may be
this is
to die,

in these straits I
yield
all hurt me
and I am one
resurrection.

I am home
an altar,
and no way to

Paradise
cross,
Look, and find me;
sweat,
blood embrace.

So, in purple receive me
give me
a word,
my text, my own
Lord

 

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