As Ordinary As Stars

as ordinary as stars
and the everyday emerald of grass
just an exaltation of larks
 
common as monarchs
on milkweed
 
no more resplendent
than an amber bead of sap
or the glaze on the fins of a trout
 
as unremarkable as fire in sumac
sweeping october hills
 
only a snowflake
 
familiar as sky
 
simply morning
 
as daily as bread
from the gold of wheat
 
as usual as forgetting
to love you
 
as awakening as remembering
 

Rae Crossman
Set for soprano voice by Jennifer Butler
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