Homily

By David Lehman

Man has the will
to grieve
a week and no longer.

Ever the stranger,
he will kill
with righteous anger.

What does he believe?
In his right to trade
a season of greed

for an hour
of love in an unlit corner.
Such is love’s power,

though it last no longer.

And such is his need
than which nothing is stronger.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/07/homily/307506/