First

[After Maggie Smith’s Good Bones]

To make a place of beauty:
First make the maker beautiful
or at least not so ugly.
For that, first, find another who sees
you’re beautiful.
And for that, first, make another beautiful
in your eyes.
And for that, first, make both eyes
as vulnerable as children
loving fearing everything that’s seen.
Then make your vision
visible so your children see you
have held back nothing.

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