zacchaeus

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zacchaeus

when I think of the tiny tax
collector clinging to the tree
waiting for Jesus to pass by
I imagine my father there

a short man with low self-esteem
willing to go out on a limb
hoping love would call him by name
somehow my mother is there too

taking Jesus by the arm and
saying, “oh please don’t pass him by”
she spent her life calling his name
so he would know he was worthy

I believed the bible story
because of the way she found him
day after day for a lifetime
not just one afternoon for tea

Peace,
Milton

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