They were delayed between planes –
when he told them about his death,
how everything would feel ponzi in the end.
And he wanted to know what
they’d been arguing about
up there in business class,
while he was in the center seat
by the bathroom,
no room for a roller board, in economy
(that’s where you always find Jesus).
They didn’t want to say.
One thought CEO with a flair for
naming rights generosity … trumped
liberal middle judicatory clergy
or Christian radio personality (not liberal)
or the praise musician
whose notes were so sweet
they I-Tuned the I Am
or Harvard grad, doctor without borders,
Giclée artist, green activist,
or school teacher of the year.
This is the greatest – he said gently …
after you take off your shoes, your coat,
your belt and your jewelry,
after you give up your laptop,
digital camera, blue tooth,
after you throw away
all the things you think will keep you
from getting thirsty,
and the stuff that makes your hair shine,
you will find your security here —
playing with these, welcoming them,
and being welcomed by them
for who you are.