Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Knitting ladies


Years ago now
When a vestry member complained
He did not understand my sermons;
Years ago now
When other vestry members
Who did understand
Offered me
A sermon coach
She taught high school English,
A sermon coach
She was so serious
She did not understand
Years ago now
I declined that offer;
And the ladies
Who sat every Thursday
In the narthex
Offered to rank my sermons
Like competitive ice skating
With cards in back
Of the church
10’s and 9’s and 8’s.
The knitting ladies
Knew humor
They read the comics
Every morning,
As they knit
Every Thursday evening,
Prayer shawls
For all in need of prayer
Even me.

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