A Dream of Grace

In the morning, you get the news

your best friend has killed his wife

and you think, “Hey, that’s a thing

I might someday like to try.”


We harvest wisdom wherever we can.

In rice fields, unnerved roads accept,

like fish, that floods will wash

them away. But it’s never so easy,


is it? Floods, tornadoes, murder.

No matter how furiously we paint

onto old canvasses, something

of the abandoned work shows through.


from Feeding the Crow (Plain View Press) and The Road Home (Dalton Publishing).

For my thoughts on writing this poem, follow this link.


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About lymangrant

Lyman Grant is a professor of creative writing and humanities at Austin Community College. He has work at ACC since 1978. He is the author or editor of two textbooks, two books relating to Texas literature, three volumes and a chapbook of poetry. Recently he traveled the United States for a year in a 34-foot RV 5th wheel trailer with his wife and two younger sons.