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Beach Church

"Everyday, people stray 
away from the church and go 
back to God."  -  Lenny Bruce  


I kneel upon an ocean beach to pay 
attention to some creature in the sand.  
A choir of seagulls breaks out in song and 
swells my soul and the surf roars, “Let us spray.”  

Many little crabs scurry amongst the rocks 
to take up a collection of what there 
is there of sustenance.  Their simple prayer: 
"Please, feed us and save us from wild bird flocks.”  

The sea tide rushes in and through crevices 
it bursts; I hear its word whilst it sings me 
a doxology for the trinity 
as beautiful as any church services. 

The only thing I miss is the sermon.  
Nonetheless, I feel a better person.  

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  1. Date: 10/5/2011 5:27:00 PM
    Congrats John on a wonderful win for this brilliant creative write luv... enjoy ..kudos..

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 10:34:00 AM
    Beautifully written John. Congratulations on you win

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:32:00 AM
    Well done. Excellent poem.

  1. Date: 10/4/2011 3:25:00 PM
    Yes, if one goes out in nature and doesn't see and feel God something is wrong..Enjoyed reading your work..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 10/4/2011 1:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win John in "The Church By The Ocean" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/29/2011 1:31:00 PM
    Wow J! Bending limericks ain't your only forte! I find this awesome.

  1. Date: 9/28/2011 4:56:00 PM
    why should church be confined to a building? Lovely idea you give John. While the poem has a feeling of serenity, the last line of 1st verse threw me with giggles. :)

  1. Date: 9/27/2011 12:56:00 AM
    wow, john, What a splendid sonnet you did. I did mine like a sonnet too but with an actual church. However, I really enjoyed your meaning of YOUR sonnet. Very innovative! One of the best in the contest. Just catching you as I get ready to finally go off here. LUv,Andrea

  1. Date: 9/26/2011 6:37:00 PM
    I love it that it sings me... and I love this poem. Thanks, JS. ~N

  1. Date: 9/26/2011 6:17:00 PM
    This is really cool writing. I believe God is very near to you.Well done. Love,Vie

  1. Date: 9/26/2011 4:39:00 PM
    Thank you for this lovely entry, I am sending you a soupmail in a moment ~~

  1. Date: 9/26/2011 2:29:00 PM
    He is everywhere. Tony