Hitting the target, we learned in infantry school,
depended on the mortar’s second shot
placed on the target’s far side
if our first shot fell short,
the near side if long.
That bracket completed,
we could fire for effect.
But all our attempts to aim for you
fall wide of the target.
Creator of the sun and other stars,
you have no far side.
Creator, who made us in your image,
you are so close as to have
no near side.
we try to zero in with negatives
that resist bracketing.