Nun of the Above

Unbuckle the ancestors
bring the garden indoors.
Let them see
what we’ve done with the place.
The windows are stained,
pews padded,
statues reformed,
doors bulletproofed.
The baptismal font
sucks plastic
from the ocean
and pepper sprays rapists.
The choir loft links
escalators to Equatorial
canopies, the hymn books
recall the missing birds.
Communion is still
hand to mouth.
Host holds hope
for hostages home.
Scripture, devoid
of opinion, rings
like a dial tone,
faith, voice activated.
Neighborly kindness
pays the neighbor’s rent.
Old timers recognize,
and ask someone
if they’d like a hand
with believing.

Will Schmit

Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in McKinleyville Ca. He is the author of Head Lines A Sixty Day Guide to Personal Psalmistry and Jesus Inside A Prison Minister's Memoir and Training Manual both available at Amazon Books and The website also includes poetry, ministry updates, and music downloads from Bring To Glory a CD of spoken word with coffee house jazz.

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