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The glowing

That time of evening when light catches on surfaces - walls, windows, rocks,

the earth itself -

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that flaming time of transformation!

A life is like that, too,

mostly serving a simple function,

touched with anonymous moments

(the quiet passages of night and morning,

the doing of tasks, the keeping of promises,

the acts of faith).

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But there is one flare of light

for an instant on each

when he glows in his person

like a high cloud in darkened air

and wears the color of grandeur -

a color that changes him

forever in memory.