Potential Truths

Concerning the parts
of this world
that are
innocent,

I’ve tried to know them
where I have found them,

but only
in the world
of nature where,
in God’s lurking places,
potential truths
are concealed
by outward lies.

Yes, I have been
led astray
by those lies
high up in the trees:

caterpillars
cutting leaves
that fall
into a spider’s
webbed cocoon.

Don Cadwallader

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