The John Edward Johnson Prize
Winter 2010
Cassie Premo Steele

Spirit Lesson

There is Spirit
in everything
and everything
we do, the teacher
said yesterday
at my first
lesson. I look at
my shoe.

There is Spirit
in you,
black shoe.
How you hold
my foot without
complaining.
How you keep
out the cold.

There is Spirit
in my foot, too.
Its many bones,
how they work
together.
How they listen
when I say
to sit still.
©2010 Cassie Premo Steele