Sixth Day


The preacher wore a stole of ducks,
stood proud and tall as marsh reed,
in a cassock of sport designed
to twist truth and mask intention.

A valiant champion,
pro-faith, pro-God, pro-life,
no doubt preached Genesis
side-by-side with Exodus
in Sunday sermons to the masses.

Two elegant wood ducks,
male and female, mother, father
hung stretched-thin with eyes closed,
in perpetual prayer for the sanctity of life.

Words ©2015, Jen Payne
Image: Duck, Salvador Dali

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