Go your ways, as if in thanksgiving:
Daniel finally instructed of the Lord.
The book is closed for your time; it will not
open again to the slow
round of the psalms, the prophets of righteousness.
But go, as instrumental, of the Lord,
life-bound to his foreknowledge
and in his absence making your return
to the generations, the rosaceae,
the things of earth snagging the things of grace,
darkened hawthorn, its late flare, that stands
illustrious, and the darkening season--
Harvest Festival to Armistice Day
the other harvest.
From "Canaan" by Geoffrey Hill (Mariner: 80 pp., $14 paper)