Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Bored to Death

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Bored to Death

Article excerpt

(Based on the story of Eutychus, Acts 20:7-12)

As Paul's words droned on like the furry buzz of bees, I unfolded off the floor,

crammed myself into a window. The sun crawled down

onto the horizon and stared at me, as if to say, pay attention, you

whose time is so short, you who have no idea on what day

your thread will be cut. I stared until the sky purpled, until

the darkness swept its broom through the sky, scattering shards of dust

winking at me in the blackness.

Then the words lulled me. I tried as best I could to listen, to hear

what miracles he described, only, I admit, I was painfully bored.

What were these other than fairy tales I would tell my little cousins on a long night?

The air thickened, and I found myself dreaming

of lying out in a tall field of grain. …

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