Hope

I have a small grain of hope —
one small crystal that gleams
clear colors out of transparency.
I need more.
I break off a fragment
to send you.
Please take this grain of a grain of hope
so that mine won’t shrink.
Please share your fragment
so that yours will grow.
Only so, by division,
will hope increase,
like a clump of irises,
which will cease to flower
unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source —
clumsy and earth-covered —
of grace.
-Denise Levertov

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