Echoes

Lee's Summit JournalOctober 18, 2013 

my best old

world history

teacher

is gone

only one

i ever knew

whose classes

were always

crowded

actually

chosen

by students

as electives

i can still

hear him

describe

how empires

have grown

shaped

the flow

of events

for good

or ill

each believed

at some point

it would be

a dominating

factor forever

but eventually

without exception

waned faded

why why

theories abound

maybe there is

no single answer

once a pesky

mosquito

bit another

creature

drew blood

until satisfied

then blew into

a now montana

lake and drowned

that was over

forty million

years ago

her fossil

was just found

still full

from her

last meal

on a direct

dinosaur

descendent

earth turns

species

appear

structure

to survive

adapt

impact

creation

uniquely

luring it

forward

and then

wish i could

raise my hand

with a question

in my old teachers

class today

or ask everyone

i meet for

their opinion

remembering

that space and

energy exist

the rest is

an experiment

in some kind

of wondering

possibility

call it a

faith

h.

 

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

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