What did we talk about?

What did we talk about

When we went about our days
too busy
or not busy enough
carrying burdens
big and small
with enough leftover
to take weight
for a time
from those whose load was too heavy.

What did we talk about

Before we became
Us and Them.

When we listened
and debated with honour
or remained silent.

When we granted grace,
knowing we didn’t see the full picture.
of anything.

When we didn’t need to know your position
on A, B, and Z
to decide if you were of Us or Them.
And when,
if we caught a whiff of disagreement,
we wouldn’t cut you out of our life.

What on earth
did we talk about
before the world’s groaning grew audible
and the noise deafened us
and we formed warring tribes?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.

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