Echoes

Lee's Summit JournalNovember 15, 2013 

his brain

connections

have never

served him

well

but he

recognizes

admits

wrong done

she said she

was nineteen

until she said

she was

fourteen

it was

an online

tryst

now he is

in federal

detention

computer

confiscated

last week

they will find

everything

in the cloud

that never

empties

he is to be

arraigned

two days

before

thanksgiving

court

appointed

public

defender

has not

visited

yet

her case

load

exceeds

imagination

his genetic

kidney

disease

may kill

him

he has

a woman

loves him

she is

more a

mother

than

significant

other

he has kept

occasional

contact

with this fellow

since he was

teen aged

called him

again

when arrested

the man

may pray

write

might

mail

a little

money

explaining

the preacher

keeps

hounding

him about

giving more

to church

now

he has

found

how

to do that

h.

 

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

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