The occasional small portion
of sour or bitter too is beautiful,
for it rouses sense from bland repose;
and unlike the sweet, leaves
no after-taste of longing for what
is past.  The now is fresher for it.

                                                                       -- Mahlon H Smith 

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* Note: This reflection on Exodus 12:8 is from an entry
in the author's journal
dated 3 July 1967
and published here for the first time.

Collected Poems
Mahlon H Smith

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