Beginning

The last time I saw Eduardo was at Hoxie’s funeral. It was a sad affair as he was a young man gone too soon. Eduardo had once cried as he told me his testimony. Not Hoxie’s testimony but his own. Hoxie’s I never heard. Now we were sitting together at a funeral and he doesn’t speak. He had left the church about a year ago.

Hoxie, however, died in the church. Not hypothetically, but literally, died in the church. He was teaching Sunday school and collapsed on the floor. Nobody knew CPR. I was backsliding that day or else I would have been there. I heard later that there was nothing anyone could do, not even prayer— it was an aneurism.

There was a lot of guilt mixed in with sorrow that perhaps had I been there that I could have saved Hoxie’s life. I had never saved anyone except a Red Cross CPR mannequin. Good enough to blow into the fake lungs and press down the chest to keep the nonexistent blood flowing. I thought at the time that had I been there, had I been in line physically and spiritually that Hoxie would have lived!  The church people told me there was nothing anyone could have done.  I was beginning to believe them.

have faith in small things

a snowflake falling on tongue

can quench more than thirst

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dVerse prompt on beginnings — this is the start of a story I am telling.

Beginning

Selling Their Brother

Where did the money go that the sons of Jacob held in the hand after selling their brother into slavery?  Surely Joseph was a fine specimen that would command a high price, or did they sell the brother cheap?  It would have been hard to hide the money from their father.  Perhaps the father knew what they had done, could tell the difference between sheep and his son’s blood, and did not look further for fragments of a body.  Waited patiently for a journey to Egypt for the reconciliation of his family.

Selling Their Brother

Sonnet for Modern Day Current Event

            Jan 19, 2019 at Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

 

 

 

Black Hebrew Israelites on the mall

speak loud in zealous religious tenor

hear the old testament not throw it away

raise their voice louder on a winter day

 

 

Covington High School students respond

while standing on the steps of Lincoln Hall

break the tension with a school sports cheer

with a smile a shout or was it a sneer

 

 

Indigenous elder beats on his drum

approaches the youth with his movement song

God the Creator will answer my call

media or a troll will send it to all

 

 

And in that moment was on display

freedom to assemble speak out and pray

 

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is the site of many historic events –

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech Aug 28.1963 Civil Rights Rally

Vietnam War Protest Oct 21. 1967

March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and BI Equal Rights Oct 11, 1987

Million Man March Oct 16,1995

Iraq War Protest Oct 26,2002

Women’s March   Jan 19.2019

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dVerse prompt to write a sonnet

Sonnet for Modern Day Current Event