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Consider The Lilies

J. Elk-Baptisté

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J. Elk-Baptisté

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Consider The Lilies

Consider The Lilies of the field, how they grow:

they neither toil nor spin: and yet I say to you that

even Solomon in all his glory was not

arrayed like one of these.

Mathew 6. 28

Sally Anne Baxter

Turning away the Baxter girl

Sending her into the cold

Would not turn out well, and

Ferris would rue the day he’d

Done it.

His, deed of shame,

Monica called it.

He’d not allowed the girl to take her bonnet.

For Pete’s sake! It was the girl’s own bonnet!

Monica was indiscrete, fun loving; a tease.

His embarrassment was her joy.

He was outed for possessing a cruel heart—

For having committing the grand-daddy of all mistakes.

Outed at dinner parties.

Judged and blamed at many, many events and occasions.

Word spread until he knew people avoided him.

Women whispered behind raised hands.

Gentlemen shunned him and waiters ceased smiling.

Dog with no bone

Chip with no dip

Fold without sheep

Hypotenuse lacking a decent triangle

Ferris was beside himself, but

Must not let it show

In all seriousness, after so terrible a misunderstanding, he thought of leaving the city


Ships in a Corn Field

From out beyond the Hebrides

The wooden ships are back, returned from afar

They anchor in sight of our house

There is a grande galleon in the cornfield

In an upstairs room

Something dangerous is caught, glimpsed

The scent of past adventure reaches in

A far distant horizon lies in mist

Did I catch the sound of sails buffeting

Against the gray morning

From far voyaging, a strange, shifting sky

Allows them return to safe harbor

There is a barque moored at one boundary fence

Away down near the blacktop

Skiffs bob, bobbing like water birds

Going from sight, sinking below whitecaps

Close in, there’s a high-riding craft

A black priest stands at the fo’c’sal, day-dreaming,

While the Captain’s coming ashore at our swinging

Barn door

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