Farther in heaven
Far from daddy
Far as the east from the west
(which is miles or millimetres)
Far is how you are today, or how I am –
on earth as in heaven?

Yet here come the kids
who if image bearers
are bright and free,
only beginning to be taught
only beginning to be encumbered;
skills take shape for good or ill
all is potential, power to hold or spill;
to watch the fears fold in on the innocent
is eye watering;
lead them not…
deliver them…

And here at the desk the hands,
apparently image carrying too,
split skin, accentuated knuckles,
hovering over keys: lock, alt, backspace,
home; shift.

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