the colored sunlight
above the wooden Jesus
men and women in black
Her casket is placed before the podium. We are asked to bow our heads and pray for God’s mercy on her. The young man to my right prays in English, the old woman to my left Cantonese.
She spoke Mandarin and understood a little English.
her wounded breasts
Now, open your bible to John 11:35, 36.
We look up from our prayers, spoken or unspoken, with tears in our eyes. The priest begins his sermon, Jesus…
published in Haibun Today, Vol. 4, No. 3.
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