Iron Mountain ski jump

Iron Mountain ski jump

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Committee Meeting--a poem

CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith from a Place of Winter for the Years of Winter


He died this week
Did not send apologies
Or a report for his sub-committee
He simply left

The chairman said
we should take a moment
“To remember how he touched our lives”
then gave us seven seconds for the task

Someday I shall die, report undone
and in some damp basement
on ancient, metal folding chairs
eight weary souls will remember me
in seven seconds—fifty-six in aggregate
It is fitting, and it is enough

John Robert McFarland

[I found this today, hand-written on a yellow sheet, November 10, 1983]

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