Sunday, February 23, 2020

In the Valley of Elah...

Beginning Ash Wednesday...
Until Resurrection Day
Right here...on this website!

Image credit:

Israel Pilgrimage—2006

Our spritely band of pilgrims
stop at the Valley of Elah—
a wide-open field
of dry grass and an old rocky
dried up spring, somewhere
in the general vicinity
of where David slew Goliath

Oftentimes pilgrims perform
a loose reenactment
of the Biblical account—
so we select our cast

Six foot six Shawn, obviously
is cast as the giant
and Mary Rose’s
slight young daughter, Ariana
agrees to be David
(after a little arm twisting)

While Big Shawn is sprawled
flat on the ground
and Ariana lifts her slingshot
to declare victory
I select five smooth stones
from among thousands
in the bed of the brook
and place them
in my pocket

for one never knows
when one will encounter
a giant in the land

Maude Carolan Pych

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to read during Lent?

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I'll be reading from "Behold the Lamb...poetically!"
Monday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Totowa Library
537 Totowa Road, Totowa Borough, NJ
(Parking in the rear)
Refreshments will be served.

Come, say "Hello!"

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