The kiss meant to betray honored
The arrest meant to end began
The words meant to charge freed
The stripes meant to wound healed
The crown meant to mock heralded
The cries meant to doom lifted
The cross meant to burden unleashed
The sign meant to accuse declared
The nails meant to torture identified
The sword meant to pierce solidified
The stone meant to secure revealed
The cloth meant to cover displayed
The tomb meant to hide announced
The death meant to squelch ignited
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the begging to be
seen, corrected, confessed, forgiven, celebrated, heard, protected, cleansed.
disfigured, undiscovered, forgotten, lonely, hurting, rotting, hidden, stolen.
rhythmically to every
morning, home, friend, neighbor, child, field, highway, mountain.
broke, destroyed, severed, tore, distorted, invaded, belied, abandoned.
heart, mind, city, neighborhood, country, family, room, soul.
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Before I slept I prayed
A simple request
Questioned selfish or communal
While I slept you replied
A gentle grant
Received familial and sacrificial
After I slept I smiled
A pleasing sound
Whispered kept and fulfilled
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Pat Schneider’s writing is inspiring. Needed attempt at brain pressure release.
Unsuspected I approach
Pacing and pecking, flapping and feeding, united and unique
Unsurprised I pause
busy and bothered, noticed and noted, caught and captured
Unhesitant I acknowledge
sent and selected, happy and harmonious, celebratory and committed
Reflecting on seeing the flock of ibis on my run this morning, the day after my birthday, and my friend who joked I work like them. “The family flew in.”