Ritual

7 p.m. by Adrianne Cook

Tussles and begging,
We get upstairs.

Kicks and screams,
We get in the shower.

Cajoling and stalling,
We get through story time.

Fits and starts,
We snuggle and get into bed.

Pop ups and tears,
She settles into bed.

Piano music and whirling fan,
She goes to sleep.

 

 

Stairway of Light - Explored (c) 2013 by Don McCullough. Unaltered under a Flickr Creative Commons license License language

Stairway of Light – Explored (c) 2013 by Don McCullough. Unaltered under a Flickr Creative Commons license
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Early Service by Beth Henary Watson

I’m here most Sundays
Having risen at dawn
For the early service
To beat the music.
Like mine, faces
Come and go,
In and out of town
In and out of the
Life of the church,
The church in and out
Of their favor, but
I’m here early most Sundays
To beat the music
When I’m in town.

 

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