The abandoned church

The Abandoned Church

Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 1, 2009

There is an olive tree
that has grown old
next to a long-abandoned church.

The two stand side by side
in a weed-filled lot
behind a liquor store.

A terrible fire hazard,
a risk that cannot be ignored
at times like these

when the grass is dry
and the wind can suddenly
whip itself into a frenzy

stirring up dust devils
scattering seeds
and setting the town aflame.

So we’ve been warned
by a concerned citizen
in a letter to the editor.

Today I went to see for myself
and stared long and hard
at the “pile of kindling”;

the danger-soaked potential
for a great conflagration
in the midst of our community.

And I wondered at its power
to evoke such vivid imaginings
and about the power it once held.

What if it did suddenly ignite
and spark a blaze of hope and healing
to warm the hearts of all humankind?

Anybody got a Light?

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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