Echoes

February 28, 2014 

remember

that you

are

dust

as if he

has to be

reminded

twelve

funerals

during

recent

weeks

three

for young men

under thirty

one a colleague

nearing sixty

the rest

a range

of ages

his acquaintances

now it is

a little girl

off a street

an actor

after twenty two

years clean

thousands

of syrian

children

on the edge

we left eden

long time ago

and the digital

stories

awaiting

awards

are based

on true

and partly

our own

we hustle

each other

while floating

momentarily

just outside

gravities

attraction

fall in love

with our

computers

lose it all

to a wall street

wolf

try to buy

time

from a desperate

but more daring

brothers club

or head

back toward

our nebraska

to redeem

the promise

maybe

enslaved

where

there is

no

why

so when

the weekend

popcorns

gone

he will bend

his knees

bare his

forehead

and be

marked

with ash

as a sign

remembering

does anybody

actually do that

these days

a friend asked

oh he replied

in one way

or another

h.

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

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