Easter Sunday–April 15, 1990   6 comments

Alapaha United Methodist Church, Alapaha, Georgia, Easter Sunday 1990

(Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor)

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I wrote this poem at age 17.  Now, twenty years later, I share it here.

Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Morning:  8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

I arose early

And

Prepared for the day ahead–

Dressing,

Brushing,

Eating,

And

Quietly praying in my mind–

“Thank You, Mon Dieu,

For a Wonderful beginning

And

For the promise of it.

Also, thank you

For

The meaning of this day.

I pray for

The church activities

At

The Alapaha and Glory UM Churches

Today.

Amen.”–

And went about my day,

Attending Sunday School

And

A glorious Morning Service.

Easter had begun.

Afternoon:  12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

I ate at

The Alapaha UMC

That afternoon,

About 12:45.

Then I returned

To the house

To continue progress

On my U.S. History research folder.

That afternoon

I went out to the

Volleyball field

Behind the parking lot

And

Observed the

Easter Egg Hunt

And

Volleyball game.

Earlier,

A boy of about 10 (ten)

Asked me,

“Do you want to play

Volleyball with us?”

“No,” I said,

Still dressed in my suit.

He,

Curious regarding my motivations,

Asked,

“Why not?”

“I do not like it,”

I responded.

He, being quite intelligent,

Remarked,

“You’re afraid of it.”

The kid should be my shrink.

I worked some more,

Watched volleyball,

And

Ate too many

Sweet things

With low or nihl

Nutritional content.

Sometimes life can be

Boring

And can be quite

Interesting and enjoyable

At others.

Easter was in progress.

Evening:  7:00 P,M.-12:00 A.M.

About 7:30,

I walked out to the

Field of Volleyball,

Where before,

Until 4:00,

People had been.

The sky was beginning

To grow dark

And

The crickets to chirp.

It was wonderful and isolated.

I found a

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Reclining in the grass,

Taking in what was left

Of the sunlight.

Then I remembered

An event from four hours past–

A small boy

Playing with the petite toy doll.

I took the turtle

To the church nursery,

Threw it in,

And

Closed the door.

I watched little

Television that night

And

Enjoyed the evening.

I went to bed

To prepare for a new day.

Easter was not over.

Kenneth Randolph Taylor

April 20, 1990

February 4, 1992

March 14, 2010


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