Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Late Morning, Lake Tahoe: August 6, 2014

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Late Morning, Lake Tahoe: August 6, 2014

Article excerpt

The Feast of the Transfiguration

The Death of Hiroshima, 1945

To David, on his 21st birthday

Old basketballed shins don't bark. They bray.

They guffaw. They ramshackle. No, that's

knees. Each footfall, foot after fall, a hurt,

each hurt a-surprising-benediction.

Surprising because redemptive suffering

may-may-apply to someone like MLK

but surely not to senescent shins wearing out

step by step. But still Small suffering while

walking (the last surviving crew member, the papers

report, of the Enola Gay now gone) reminds me,

at least for now, anthropomorphisms aside, that

lakes, like us, do suffer; sometimes, like now, low water,

the suffering not entirely caused by humans. The graph

at the dam, taking the long view, speaks of suffering

much worse, or better, if some kinds of pain can be

better. …

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