• lenten journal: comedy

    by  • March 23, 2016 • faith, lenten journal, poetry • 2 Comments

    under the alleluias

    I once heard a comedian
    say the only way to get to
    the jokes that mattered was
    to push through the easy stuff,
    the sophomoric double entendres,
    the terrible puns, and get past
    the low-hanging fruit of the
    obvious and only then can you
    begin to discover great comedy.

    I don’t think I’m stretching the
    analogy too far to say that
    Lent does the same thing for faith:
    we have laid aside our alleluias
    for these forty days and pushed
    past the familiar words of praise,
    as we sang our songs of sorrow,
    told our stories of grief, without
    moving to what comes easily.

    we have listened to the birds
    who are not singing, and talked
    to those who no longer answer,
    waited for things that didn’t come,
    and remembered Love is stronger
    than sunshine, that hope is not
    happiness: to get to the gallows
    humor of the gospel, and the belly
    laugh of the empty tomb at sunrise.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    2 Responses to lenten journal: comedy

    1. Kate Fite
      March 24, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Painfully beautiful….

    2. Deborah
      March 24, 2016 at 5:44 am

      I love this

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