Mark 11:15-19 One detail — cleansing the Temple

I am a catcher of pigeons, a lucky one
on this morning of
upturned tables and feathers.

I do not steal coins,
even though they roll to my toes,
even though I was praying
in this house of prayer
that somehow I would not need
always to be so poor.

And yet I was raised
never to make an offering
of anything that I did not earn.

It tumbles the world upside down
that someone like me
should be given
what I have not deserved,
even a serendipitous
bundle of wings,
hollow bones, bright eyes –
a fitting sacrifice
for my newborn child.

Someone said there was anger
on both sides.
I don’t remember that – only how I felt

when I opened my fingers
to let the bird fly.

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3 Responses to Mark 11:15-19 One detail — cleansing the Temple

  1. darla ledger says:

    Oh– my heart skipped a beat on this one…and tears.

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you. I really “channeled” this character in my heart.

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