Anna J. Roseboro issued a challenge to write a five-finger exercise verse today by taking a word for a walk. To write this, I chose a concept noun and created five six-word lines, with the chosen abstract word appearing as the title, then in each line as word 2,3,4,5,6 in that order. In keeping with my month of Mary Oliver, I borrowed the first line from her poem “Six Recognitions of the Lord.”


Lord, mercy is in your hands. 

Lavish your mercy liberally upon us.

Let streams of mercy quell long-suffering 

labors as we your mercy beseech. 

Lord, we languish without your mercy!

– kim Johnson with a nudge from Mary

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