The National Catholic Review

The substance of God
is in the hills.

In their lines, their
color, their voices.

In the deep purple of
dusk, fiery red of
autumn, in the
black branches of
the winter

In the snap of the
screen door
in the porch voices,
and the first at bat
of a reluctant spring.
In confidences.
In swung fence gates.

It is the very frame
of the hills, their
juts and crags, trails,
pools, descending

It is buried under snow, blows
with leaves in fall and spring,
sits still in summer heat.

William Bagley is the senior philanthropic advisor for the Trustees of Reservation, a nonprofit conservation organization in Massachusetts. Art: “Passages XI” (above) by Winslow Myers, from the collection of Maia Hart of Da

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