11/1//20 – All Saints Day, My Life

My Life

Every emergency room,
every jail, every cancer ward
and nursing home in four states,
a thousand weddings,
a thousand funerals,
wading in the water –
I did that too,
stood in the hospital hall
asking how the loved one
was going to die,
thousands of sermons,
thousands of bread-breakings,
a thousand prayers
to a heaven that seems to be deaf,
for forty years…
…forty years,
a million miles in a fast car,
knocking on doors,
sitting on uncomfortable furniture,
in clothes that don’t feel anything
like what you feel inside.

My life.


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