Locating the Edge

By Hayden Church

“The Builders (House Wreckers in June)” by Charles E. Burchfield, 1931

A beatitude
undivined in
statutes & laws.

But that is all dogs do.
A heeler, His palm:
someone is God

for the next two thousand years.
I will read The Gospels without
waiting for the time to come,

when on a crackling path
the New Word will hail down
& arrange the world

there on this map.
There is a legend,
there is a territory,

which embraces a border,
along which you may trek;
although it is unsure now,

all the paths washed away,
in mud that is unsure & unfounded,
commiserated instead.