Sandra Rivers-Gill: “A Distant Hymn”

A Distant Hymn

He owns a pre-loved sedan   
the shade of passive beige —                      
not at all rebellious or disrespectful. 
The four of us push open a dream,	
a distant hymn to buckle into.         	
Our journey is a shifting map.  

On Sundays the car sits in the drive,
stores up empty praises,                  
fills a collection plate of dim memory.         

I never heard a preacher’s faux sermon 
given from the pulpit of a couch — 
nor mumbling words from keys 
he keeps in his pocket.

The three of us march on		
wearing the rain of broken umbrellas.

About the Author: A native of Toledo, Ohio, Sandra Rivers-Gill is a writer, performer, and playwright. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals and/or anthologies, including Jerry Jazz Musician, Poets Against Racism and Hate USA, ONE ART: a journal of poetry, Of Rust and Glass, Common Threads, Death Never Dies and The Poeming Pigeon.


Image Credit: Chase Dimock “New Mexico Cloudscape” (2021)

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