The Shape of Times

A powder blue sky that seems to be both

dense and translucent—

an opaque powder blue sky

hangs above and

in the background of various shapes—

stacked and constructed together to form

buildings, like homes and businesses

and remnants of years past and gone,

of slumbering histories,

and recounted memories.

They are the shapes of times

that folks left behind—

not being easily packed away

and loaded into car trunks

and the back of pick-up trucks—

as they moved on to become

and create other memories, histories,

and remembrances of years past and gone.

The children of God had twelve stones to

remind them,

to recall,

to bring to remembrance the grace

and mightiness of Him that went

before them to part the waters of the river Jordan,

leading them to victory in Jericho,

leading them to His provisions.

 

The Lord is my Shepherd

and I shall not want for anything.”

 

One of my many memory stones is here

in this opaque powder blue sky that hangs above

and in the background of various shapes—

present moments of here and now, living stories,

and the stillness of hopeful memory.

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