Lent 6


The season is like mourning

A dying of a kind that takes

Weeks to be fully realized

The only kind of death that might be safe

Because following

Still keeps us here


The consequences are mollified by

Our remaining mortal

If something else should happen,

Well, that’s something else


It’s dying on the inside, isn’t it

The gradual release of things

That might do better elsewhere

Attached to other life preservers, say


Dying to ego

And to vanity

Fleeing what we think we need

To embrace and then let go

A gift, a conversation

Uneasy service that

Needs doing, anyway


We have days now

Negotiating will,

Arriving at a knowing place

Of spirit

From which to act

When it’s time


C L Couch



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Attaching distress marker lights to flotation devices used in the event of a [person] overboard[.]