Echoes

August 30, 2013 

we are not

hiring

today

other

masters

may say

but the earth

is always

employing

meet her

local labor

force

at a saturday

farmers market

we just picked

these

the worker said

as i examined

a web textured

cantaloupe

please choose

for me

i asked

she breathed in

a few

concluding

these should do

i took two

driving home

they marked

the car interior

with their

unmistakable

presence

it carried into

the kitchen

later sliced

juice dripping

over the knife

then down

my chin

amazing

flavor

awakened

my tastes

the entire

experience

was accentuated

because

i had looked

into a laborers

face

who nursed

seed soil

sun rain

earths other

fellow

employees

into this

sacrament

the body

blood

and work

of human

hands

shared

surely as

any elements

church altar

blest

in the company

of creation

there is no

secular

labor

trash collecting

and dishwashing

like farming

for example

are sacred

vocations

and the aroma

of cantaloupe

is a prayer

h.

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

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