Prodigal take-aways

March 8, 2016

Write thank you notes to a pig farmer,
also sponsor, probation officer,
several friends,
a stranger I’ll never track down.

Work like a slave.
Scratch that — work hard,
and do it without
calling attention to myself.

Notice the slaves –
been there, done that,
and I am able, undeservedly,
to treat it like
a really bad gap year.

Give back the ring – it’s too much.
Robe and sandals are enough.
No. Who am I kidding?
Keep it,
the gift that will always
remind me that I am a prize …
(keep the donkey out of it.)

Seek out my brother,
or my sister,

today, and tomorrow,
because today may be too soon.
And the day after tomorrow,
if there is no trust.
Say I am sorry.
Learn to say it with actions.
Try again. And try again.

There will probably be
a lot of tomorrows.

Also, my parents.
The fact they forgave me quickly
doesn’t super-glue the damage.
So very much was broken.

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3 Responses to Prodigal take-aways

  1. Amen! Each day I think, this one’s my favorite. This one’s my favorite. Forgiveness and transformation are not the same.

  2. celestem579 says:

    Oooh. Wow.

    Celeste

    On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 3:47 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “March 8, 2016 Write thank you notes to a pig farmer, also > sponsor, probation officer, several friends, a stranger I’ll never track > down. Work like a slave. Scratch that — work hard, and do it without > calling attention to myself. Noti” >

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