Echoes

April 26, 2013 

my older

brothers

loyalty

was to

the land

earth day

was daily

to him

he did

pitch

town team

baseball

on sunday

afternoons

guess i

was lucky

my boyhood

pastor

was a shy

inward

man

gentle

read

his sermons

softly

parsonage

roof

leaked

he cried

when

given

a used

used car

by the

congregation

his successor

was a

true believer

charismatic

certain

in control

had a new

house

and inflated

salary

second year

persuasive

did he

lure me

into

the game

who can

say

a maze

of motives

hides

our why

behind our

why

there are

things

about me

i wish i

didnt know

and more

things

about

me

i dont

know

so

although

having

lived

together

all these

years

i will

die

in ways

a stranger

to my

self

h.

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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