advent journal: day of service


    we made a deposit
    at our local food bank
    524 pounds of groceries
    math doesn’t do much

    for poetry, but here are
    the numbers: they need
    112,329 pounds of food
    everyday – every day

    we had eight ninth grade
    boys who unloaded the
    truck and then stood on
    the scale together

    one ton of teenager
    who had brought half
    their weight in food
    hoping to be of help

    the woman at the scale
    answered their questions
    balanced their hope with
    the weight of the world

    we went back to school
    then home for the holidays
    she stayed to wait for the
    other 111,800 pounds


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