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The Resolve Exquisitely

Jane Zwart

I do nothing as unfumblingly as this middle school boy

readies himself to walk smaller kids across streets.

The aplomb on him! A utility pole’s his coat rack;

his patrol belt, electric yellow, is tucked into his jacket

neat as a pocket square; and he does not tangle—not at all—

with its shoulder sash. I envy him his competence,

his steady hands. But not like I crave the resolve

exquisitely suited to the simple steps of a fateful task.

Jane Zwart teaches at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares, as well as other journals and magazines.

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