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Small Wire

My faith
Is a great weight
Hung on a small wire,
As doth the spider
Hang her baby on a thin web,
As doth the vine,
Twiggy and wooden,
Hold up grapes
Like eyeballs,
As many angels
Dance on the head of a pin.

God does not need
Too much wire to keep Him there,
Just a thin vein,
With blood pushing back and forth in it,
And some love.
As it has been said:
Love and a cough
Cannot be concealed.
Even a small cough.
Even a small love.
So if you have only a thin wire,
God does not mind.
He will enter your hands
As easily as ten cents used to
Bring forth a Coke.

Poem Small Wire - Anne Sexton