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Let what’s empty be complete.
Air it dry and full and sweet.
What’s too much and what’s much more,
Let this broom sweep out the door.
Rinse the salt off every grief.
Let this water pour relief
And the long flame of this day
Burn the broken past away.
Window, floor, roof, and wood,
Heal this house. Make it good.
Annie Finch’s most recent books of poetry are The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells and Spells: New and Selected Poems. She has also published Choice Words: Writers on Abortion and books for poets and poetry lovers, including The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self, An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. Annie’s poetry has been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. She holds a Ph.D from Stanford University, has taught poetry at many universities, and served as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program. Please check out her blog, inspirational Spellsletter, and online classes in poetic craft, meter, form, and Magic of Rhythmic Writing, a revolutionary system of self-awareness, at anniefinch.com.