You did something right
Or good or thoughtful or non-harmful
Today or yesterday or last week or last month.

You should magnify that
As though you were Bach
Writing a Magnificat,

Or hovering angels choiring to Mary,

Or a great weed drawn up by hot sun
To branch and flower vigorously
Like one of the tall standing menorahs
Outside the original Temple at Jerusalem.

Jonathan Bracker’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Northwest, Writer’s Digest, and other periodicals, in several anthologies, and in six books.