Echoes

August 9, 2013 

sunday nights

will be

a little

sad

for him

once

school

begins

not because

he doesnt

like it

or do well

but he loves

being home

so much

it is his

favorite

place

in all

the world

he lingers

long as

possible

there each

weekday

morning

and rushes off

the afternoon bus

up the walk

backpack

jogging

against

his shoulders

the house is

an old town

bungalow

dad drives

long distance

truck routes

is well read

listening to

audio books

during

interminable

interstate miles

calls evenings

with stories

of something

interesting

seen earlier

their talks

give him

a desire

to learn

not listed

for purchase

among classroom

supplies

mom works

part time retail

her hands

help him

discover

tenderness

older sister

has an

after class

library job

she thinks

a lot

likes to

argue

makes him

use his

head

he enjoys

being alive

a quiet ambition

to understand

transcends

passing

curriculum

fads

he has not

yet

been taught

the need

to be jealous

or afraid

h.

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

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