Repeat words

and they fade

like documents

from another time.


Speak of passions

felt long ago

by others

or your former self.


Preach on texts

of mighty acts

by those

no one knows.


And the words

found in books

clatter like arrows

missing the mark.


Weekly, weakly

we make words

that are overcast

by time.

David E. Carlson



the challenge for the preacher is to keep from being only an observer and teller of what others have done and said.  keep it fresh.


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