Echoes

July 18, 2014 

unseasonable

is the word

of choice

followed

closely by

abnormal

during

a week

when

weather

conversations

dominate

those more

prone

to offer

moralisms

may observe

it is not

supposed

to be

this way

all the talk

is easy

when

applied

to

temperature

humidity

above

or below

average

climate

statistics

but such

terms

become

less

simple

in other

areas

of our

experience

a death

we say is

unseasonable

untimely

often adding

in appropriate

protest

unfair

more

complicated

is abnormal

he or she

is not

normal

that isnt

normal

behavior

who defines

normality

beyond

washing machine

cycles

is it always

the same

for you

me

them

and when

do

new

normals

apply

even

tougher

which

of us

is chosen

to declare

this is how

life is

supposed

to be

so dont

think

dont feel

just

follow

me

h.

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

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