Image for the poem Jelly


We had kept discord
In mason jars †
Wrenched the spiral tightly  
With ape fisted dexterity †
And nodded politely as we placed them on the shelf  

The tippy toe effort †
To reach them again †
Enough to keep them dusty  
And in this kitchen †
With all the tasks to do  
Mindless chatter here  
A hungry man there  

They go unnoticed †
Until another is closed  
And placed beside its brother  
Swirling discontent and sloshing sound †
In the others †
No longer clear  
And the breaking down †

Today it is toast and jelly  
And alone with the sound †
Of crusty spread and scrape  
The bite warm and sweet  

I think I will clean house  
Toss the old and rotting into the bin  
With pleasing thump into bagged bottom  
And heave it out of my house  
The burden on my shoulder  
Easy †

When considering the great burden †
Of time wasted †
And jarred resentment fermenting †
My peace coldly interrupted †
By seemingly innocuous canned goods  

And it might just be that simple  
Or, it might not  
Either way  
I might just be ok  
(Iíll be just fine)  

Iíll write it all down in homey metaphor  
To place the comfort of spiritual logic  
By bits and pieces within me  
Practice believing it †
Until it is a wholehearted effort †
And ability  
That mirrors faith  

(To be well within my soul) †
I am well within my soul  
I sing it like my grandfather †
During a Baptist revival by an Ozark river  

He seemed very happy  
Was a Godly man †
Salt of the Earth made by a God he knew well †
And my Grandma †
She kept plenty on her shelf  
She opened them for us  
(Peach preserves spread liberally) †
And everyone was happy there  

I do not remember being alone a day  
Even when I was
So this chore done
Spreads good news in my house
I emphasize this word
And believe it makes the difference
Enough to still my tummy
And lift my shrug
Apple my cheeks a while
I will fall to my knees  
Each time I feel whole
It has been a long while
And I am ever so grateful
So very blessed  
And I should be
For many many things
The greatest of these
The following peace
The affirmation a comfort far beyond  
Anything I might place politely on a shelf
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