1st grade assignment

grace.

a word.

full of meaning.

coopted by religion,

as if the free-lance faithful

had to pay royalties merely

to reference it in short stories.

spoken into a person’s life as blessing,

but heard as curse, if not used in a sentence,

that includes: table, wine, bread, togetherness,

and the words All Shall Be Well & come back soon.

 

at the breaking of secrets,

and our buried joys, sprouting in spite

of the shadows on our long way home.

 

one man whispers it into the wind,

another, not caught dead thinking it,

finds himself helping his 1st grade

daughter find ten words that rhyme

with face.

 

trace,

case,

race,

place,

lace,

pace,

base,

ace,

chase,

grace.