Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Maundy Thursday

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Maundy Thursday

Article excerpt

In the empty chancel, I kneel

before my friend as she places

bare feet into a basin of clear water.

Rubbing each dripping foot

with a clean towel, I think how

this touch is more than

peaceful hug or handshake and how

dusty were the roads of Palestine.

Once when I was eight

my father bade me wash his feet

with water drawn by hand

from our deep well

then heated on the stove.

Every day he walked behind a mule

and horse and steelbeam plow

turning sandy soil, hour by hour,

an acre a day. Then-with hogs fed,

cows milked, supper dishes put away-

he sat unmoving in the rocking chair.

I watched him loose the leather strings

of high-top shoes, peel off the dusty socks,

roll denim cuffs to slender calf, and

sink his feet in the warm and soapy mix.

My brother read a book, my mother

worked her mill job miles away, and

the radio bore sounds of Johnny Dollar

and Mr. …

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