Sunday, February 3, 2013

Praise living color!!!



Across the aisle, two pews up

stands an attractive, middle-aged woman

with springy mahogany curls

corkscrewing out in various directions


She turns her head

Her lipstick looms lush, full

and passionately crimson


With exuberance, she sings

"Shout to The Lord!"

along with the congregation

following the words projected

on a white overhead screen


The redhead sits

and prepares to hear the message

She casually unzips

her black leather covered Bible


from many in the sanctuary –

ordinary Holy Bibles with

hundreds of thousands

of contemplated black words

upon thousands of well worn

white gilt-edged pages



this woman's Bible

is extraordinary…

wildly splashed

with big bold dashes –

highlighter daubs of

blue, yellow, rose, green –

as Utterly…Unabashedly…Vibrant!

as each Living! Breathing! Word!


I smile…at how colorful

God made her


Maude Carolan


This poem was written in 2004 and appeared in Spindrift, an anthology published by Northwind Publishing, compiled for the Walt Whitman Festival in Ocean Grove, NJ, in 2006. I didn't know her name when I wrote the poem, but have since come to know this exciting, vibrant, spirit-filled woman is Carol Anne Zingale. Carol Anne is a member of my congregation, Beth Israel Messianic Center, Wayne, NJ.

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