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Prepare, prepare.

It may feel like
the word is leveling you
emptying you
as it asks you to give up
what you have known.

It is impolite
and hardly tame
but when it falls
upon your lips
you will wonder
at the sweetness

like honey
that finds its way
into the hunger
you had not known
was there.
--from Prepare by Jan Richardson

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