It’s all about the leftovers …
which range
from dented food pantry cans,
frozen wedding cake,
taken out on a first anniversary,
Refrigerator Supreme, Stone Soup,
Mystery Meal,
or Musgo (as in everything …)

to twelve baskets
of crusts and fish scraps.

It’s the second miracle in that story
since the first was
that everyone had enough,

but we never learn
whether folks were hungry for it,
or didn’t want leftovers
from someone else’s miracle.

But I know we wanted the basket,
with pieces like these —

“Ordinary people with extraordinary vision
can redeem the soul of America
by getting in what I call
good trouble, necessary trouble …

The vote is the most powerful
nonviolent change agent you have …

build union between movements
stretching across the globe …

answer the highest calling of your heart
and stand up for what you truly believe …
Now it is your turn ….”

People pass things on —
the difference between leftovers
and a virus,
is that what John Lewis left
nourishes us all.

(Matthew 14: 13-21, John Lewis quotations, from the essay written shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral, July 30, 2020, in the New York Times)

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8 Responses to Leftovers

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    Amen. Let us all join hands and cast our votes to redeem the soul of America. Thank you, Maren!

  2. Wilma Wheeler says:

    Maren your words mean so much to me. A God given talent.

  3. Thank you Maren for so eloquently speaking to the moment through your words of grace.

  4. The way you present it is beautiful and calm

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