Echoes

Kansas City StarSeptember 27, 2013 

leaves

whisper

to each

other

fall

is

here

the season

of our

dying

human

creatures

say

we do it

beautifully

beyond

the reach

of anti

aging

creams

cosmetic

remedies

dyes and

additives

they love

driving

through

october

forests

where

we turn

and tumble

but would

be aghast

at suggestions

of spending

a weekend

roaming

senior center

halls

to experience

the wonders

and artistry

of a lifes

latter days

there

oh we

also

hold on

long

as possible

stubborn

in storms

lingering

while

darkness

lengthens

they say

we let go

grace

fully

we only

know

to bargain

in good faith

with our

determined

destiny

gravity

calls

all

when barely

reacquainted

with the earth

they gather

us and

following

a brief

curbside

brown bagged

viewing

we are

whisked

away

they say

recycled

where do

our souls

go

h.

 

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

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