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ASH WEDNESDAY REFLECTION
It’s Ash Wednesday—
Off in the distance, I hear thunder
thunder, like the sound of a big bass drum
There’s a BOOM and a BOOM and a BOOM
and a BOOM
like ticking and ticking and ticking
of a clock Like a pulse pulsing
Like beats Heartbeats
I’m reminded of time wasted
and time used wisely
of goals realized
and goals not met
Have I said the important things?
Have I done them?
Have I given enough?
Have I loved enough? Forgiven?
Is the world better because I’m here?
Have I done what I need to do with God?
I listen for the next strike to the drum
and the next
BOOM and a BOOM and a BOOM
I don’t want the rhythm to stop
but it will
I recall our vigil at Joanne’s bedside—
Remember holding my breath, waiting for her next
waiting for each heartbeat Wishing
my hoping were enough
to keep her
The beat goes on It won’t falter
until BOOM and a BOOM…..BOOM
and that’s it
That’s when God takes over
Maude Carolan Pych