Here’s the simple side of things.
There is a woman who forgets –
the deacons’ meeting,
picking up the church poinsettia order.
Last Sunday she forgot she was not
doing coffee hour —
some mistakes are delicious.
Someone called to remind her
and she comes with carrot cake,
(she never forgets Amy)
grapes, cheese and crackers,
and a big smile,
until she takes a good look around
then down at her blue slacks, brown jersey.
But then everyone begins
to give her their red,
that’s the way it is in church –
first the red necklace,
then the red earrings, a carnation,
a red sweater, a scarf.
Someone takes her to the pew,
with the most kids and balloons.
to say something eloquent, not in Cyrene.
“This morning I saw a cardinal.”