Contained in a kernel of wheat,
bound by unseen chains of patterns,
each branch comes alive with water
and heat. Alive with the digestion
of the universe. So we pray: Give us
this day our daily bread, and forgive us
our trespasses, as we have forgiven 
those who trespass against us, not
knowing how we were made to rise.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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