Echoes

Lee's Summit JournalFebruary 14, 2014 

neither

a state

decree

religious

authority

nor

crowd

pressure

brain

manipulation

social technology

can control

completely

with whom

we fall

in love

no activity

guarantees it

no deprivation

automatically

denies it

it is lifes

most

mysterious

reality

at once

sublime

messy

dangerous

divine

it can break

our hearts

bend our

knees

transform

routines

make a

quiet walk

cold cereal

at a kitchen

counter

coffee around

a cafe table

more

intimate

than an

orgasm

induced

moan

maybe

even

each cell

that stitched

together

shapes us

carries

memories

of old

far off

loves

remember

the days

when

like some

reckless

god

we gave

valentines

to everyone

in the room

h.

 

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

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