The Earth Is An Ordinary Friend

the oughtness of an ant
the secret codes 
of Hawthorn trees

The way Socrates said 
to the hemlock

she was an 
ordinary friend.

 That feeling
of being stuck

in paradise

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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