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Sunday Dinner on the Grounds

Updated on January 20, 2013
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Sherri runs an online craft store and enjoys gardening and listening to classic rock. One day she hopes to be a writer.


Summer sun shines through stained glass

Women cool with ice cream-stick fans

The Good Shepherd sways to and fro

Generating a faint breeze

The minister speaks

His loud voice tells of love and promise

I listen from wooden pew

Too young to understand the words

Instead I focus on shiny black shoes

White socks with lace trim

I swing my feet back and forth

Only to receive a warning glare

The smell of fried chicken fills the air

My mind is on the back room

Bowls of potato salad and baked beans

Sweet tea and pound cake

Sunday dinner on the grounds

Soon I will be free to run, laugh, and play

Around the little white church

Around the trees and cars

While people talk of politics and God

Today I sit on wooden pew

Listening to words of love and promise

In the cool of the air-conditioned room

I will talk about politics and God

But my heart will still be running

Around the trees and cars

And the little white church.


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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      My mother spoke of days like this she remembered from the early part of the twentieth century in Texas. I did not know they survived as long as they did. A great memory poem.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Such happy childhood memories. It made me think of some of mine, too, including the time my sister and I had fun watching a tiny spider make a web among the artificial flowers in the hat of the lady sitting in front of us!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was so beautiful with great imagery of wonderful country picnics.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      This brings back many fond memories of days growing up in the South. Thank you for sharing this my friend. whonu