August 31, 2013

Parable of the Dinner Party



She entered the party like a caped queen
her heels lifting herself up to thinner air
almost to where she wanted to be

she saw the table spread with boutique finery
charcuterie and artisanal cheeses and duck liver pate
red and white and bubbling wine for every course

she approached the gathering and saw on the far end
the out-of-fashioned, the rough handed and wrong spoken
the servants and migrants who picked the butter lettuce

on the near end she saw well-labeled suits
handbags with leather and metal clasps
that look of confidence in the eyes of the highly educated

she saw one chair near her with those of her kind
she sat and mingled and sipped wine and laughed controllably
and knew which fork to use for the appetizer

the host came and thanked her for taking
the seat at this end and assured her warm voiced
that someday, she too, could join him at the other end

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this. A wonderful way of bringing the parable to life!

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    1. I totally agree, Ann. Words have a way of being strung together such that truth is revealed in new, and exciting ways. And that's exactly why the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...to reveal the Father's truth. This poem brings Life to life!

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  2. Well done, Michael. Going to share it with our Kyrie Pub Church group tonight at Bible and Beer.

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  3. Well done, Michael. Going to share it with our Kyrie Pub Church group tonight at Bible and Beer.

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  4. Michael, the clip art you use here, where does it come from?

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  5. Michael, the clip art you use here, where does it come from?

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