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Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
TITLE: The Ritual
By dub W
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Nobody is watching either of course.
The cat needs to be fed and the dog is sleeping
Breakfast sits chilling on the oaken table.
A crisis breaks out when the shoes need polish
Safety pins will hold up new pants.
Somebody borrowed sister’s pink sweater
Father can’t find the sports section either.
The phone is ringing we’re headed for the car
Mama insists that it might be grandma.
Everyone is belted and the waiting begins
Mama reports it was just a solicitor.
Brother’s Bible was left on the dining table
Round trips are common for our family.
The word is recovered and all are pleased
The same every Sunday before church.
Pastor delivers a sleepy-time message
Mama reports she felt the spirit move.
Sister thinks that the associate is cute
Father and brother are looking away.
The cars are backed up but everyone is quiet
Praise songs remembered from the early parts.
The restaurant is crowded but mama says wait
We find a bench and stare into space.
At last we are seated in a corner booth
Five of us crunched like sardines in a can
Everyone orders the same as every time
Un-sweet iced tea with lemon all around.
Papa issues the prayer all heads are bowed
The waitress pauses till he is through.
We eat and rejoice in each other’s company
Our ritual each Sunday after church.
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