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Louie Skipper: A single minute

A single minute

taking in a memo of the suspicious supervisor

or hearing out

the bill collector on the telephone,

and seven thousand years

of knowing a loving God

become hapless fancy.

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What great assemblies must come to order

before summer can begin?

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Is there any joy

about the making of love,

the baking of bread,

the falling of rain,

that the dead were not celebrating

long before any of us were ever born?


Copyright 2018 Louie Skipper. From The Work Ethic of the Common Fly (Settlement House, 2018)

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Louie Skipper is an Episcopalian priest and college chaplain in Montgomery, Alabama.

2 comments on “Louie Skipper: A single minute

  1. Jeanie Thompson
    June 26, 2019

    What better way to begin the day than with the voice of Father Skipper’s poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Miriam Levine
    June 25, 2019

    I like this question very much: What great assemblies must come to order

    before summer can begin?

    Liked by 1 person

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