the imperfect 10

It is a long time since I have written. However, reflecting on Sunday’s gospel lectionary reading brought me to this place:

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they walk forgotten and at large

these strangers

this forbidden company

but who are you to name or un-name them?

the, not quite, perfect 10!

skin crawls,

scowls face them and fingers point

while their digits are subtracted from sight

but who are you to name or un-name them?

the, not quite, perfect 10!

and if they ask for a gift from heaven,

would you even hear their voices here?

your seclusion as effective as their exclusion

and who are you to name or un-name them?

this, not quite, perfect 10!

so nine walk away while one falls down

offers his praise to heaven.

can you blame them?

as you judge their backs and determine

they are, not, a perfect 10!

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