had a way of telling us 
we could never have it better 
in this light, in your liver, 
the future became 
unusually gentle 
a machine deity
a bronze mirror
a moment of medicine 
and voices and teachings 
and sentience upon the 
trillions of piles of earth. 

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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