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A Short Testament

Whatever harm I may have done 
In all my life in all your wide creation creation
If I cannot repair it 
I beg you to repair it, 

And then there are all the wounded 
The poor the deaf the lonely and the old
Whom I have roughly dismissed 
As if I were not one of them. 
Where I have wronged them by it 
And cannot make amends 
I ask you 
To comfort them to overflowing,

And where there are lives I may have withered around me,
Or lives of strangers far or near 
That I've destroyed in blind complicity, 
And if I cannot find them 
Or have no way to serve them,

Remember them. I beg you to remember them

When winter is over 
And all your unimaginable promises
Burst into song on death's bare branches.

Credit


From Living Things by Anne Porter, published by Zoland Books, an imprint of Steerforth Press of Hanover, New Hampshire. Copyright © 2006 by Anne Porter. All rights reserved.

Author


Anne Porter

Anne Porter was born on November 6, 1911. Her collections include Living Things: Collected Poems (Zoland Books, 2006), An Altogether Different Language: Poems 1934-1994 (Zoland Books, 1994) and The Birds of Passage (Groundwater Press, 1989). Porter died on October 10, 2011.

Date Published: 2006-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/short-testament