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MILLER, Vassar

Yes! Grant some assurance

that I will not be blown out like

a match that has been struck against Your careless heel

to light Your mysterious purposes a little while;

that I am not

Merely one more inexplicable pimple

upon the cosmos.

Why am I here if I

must pose such questions to the darkness

whence no heavenly fire consumes my offering.

No property of an Amen ends my prayer.

I stumble from

this wrong room while my apologies

freeze my tongue tight.