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Marian Noll, OSU, photo


The Reality of the Unseen

  — A chapter title in James’ Varieties of Religious Experience
Six inches last night.  Junipers, Shagged with snow, bow
as next door I shovel an elderly couple’s driveway.
Against the whiteness black asphalt is a desecration.
In the distance, a wind chime pierces the mute cold.
Its character is its destiny, too.
A blue shadow appears unseen behind a house
Until the sun peers through clouds.
A cardinal hops towards a Juniper. 
Its tracks are twin stick men, raising arms
in exaltation as they multiply behind her.
The Unseen abounds over and under the fluff,
peeks through a porch screen slash.
Unseen but visible.

By Peter C. Venable