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Wednesday, March 30, 2005



(Thoughts for the parents of Terri Schiavo,
March 30, 2005)

even if we cover ourselves
with sack cloth
and sit among the ashes
of our burnt offerings,

even if we face East,
fast for days,
finger our prayer beads
and cry

even if we kneel for hours,
beat our breasts,
make promises, make deals,
sacrifice whatever we have,

ask God over and over
and over and over again

sometimes the answer
is no

and all we can do
is put our arms around one another,
comfort one another,
sweep up the ashes
and accept the truth:

the answer is not what we want.
Sometimes the answer is no.

(C)Smokey Combs 2005 all rights reserved


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