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Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:38 pm

ashespoem #3

last week walker church over 100 years old
burned down a monstrous blaze all over the
internet five firefighters hurt one bad likely
cause lightning the church community rallied
went ahead the next day feeding the homeless
on schedule 200 people came walker was more
than a church the congregation of all colors
faiths backgrounds a first to openly welcome
gays we had buddhists wiccans atheists parolees
professional folk people rich poor in between
— and how we could sing! the service began
with a half hour of free singing the numbers
shouted from the floor the pastor walked among
us so we could discuss his sermon I say we for
this was my church in minneapolis, demi’s
for twenty years her supportive community
she a support for others too at her service the
place was packed balconies draped with
her amazing colorful quilts their unique
designs her whimsical stick figures dancing
she was beloved when I emailed her sisters
my second daughter replied, “Oh no! What
a loss! And even worse, firefighters hurt! . . .
Well, Demi’s ashes are mingled now with the
ashes of the church she loved, She will be there
when so many people she loved, and who loved
her, will cause something new to rise up.
We can think of them lifting her up, too.”

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