COMMENTARY

Echoes

Lee's Summit JournalOctober 25, 2013 

how many

years

has he

waited

always

the reserve

backup

understudy

replacement

first it was

show up

at practice

faithfully

be on

the sideline

in the wings

second chair

alternate

stay

ready

remain

the one

she keeps

around

might

go out with

available

just in case

maybe

sometime

but never

quite

stay

ready

go to

work

and go

to work

and

gotowork

loyal

cooperate

patiently

anticipate

promotion

next round

stay

ready

join

the group

do whats

asked

attend

volunteer

support

leave him on

the nomination

possibility

list

to fill in

if really

necessary

stay

ready

they

buried

him

the other

day

mostly

forgotten

by all those

number

ones

who have

moved on

did

anybody

say

in tribute

i believe

he could

have

done it

his entire

life

he

stayed

ready

h.

 

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

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