Reflections for

Ash Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Poetry

The pastor’s wife reports to traffic school

Ash Wednesday

We watch cars crash,
bodies crush,
drunks stagger,
adolescents weep,
             until

we believe:
no matter how innocent
we think we are,
how good our intentions,
there’s no re-crossing
those double
yellow lines.
              No short cuts.
Ever.
          Rock: clay: dust.

 

Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.