“I always knew I’d be preaching to the choir.”
of two preachers,
I was groomed to follow
the family tradition.
I sang on stage when I was three.
By four, I was picking out songs
on mama’s piano.
If only they hadn’t taught me
to be a critical thinker,
it might have happened,
I might have been an evangelist
like Mom and her sister, Bonnie.
I might have been a pastor,
Comfortable on stage,
a mighty voice,
lover of words,
but some of those stories
just didn’t make sense.
I’d ask questions,
and I wasn’t always comfortable with the answers.
I preferred logic to magic,
believed faith required proof.
I knew I was a disappointment,
the discordant voice in the family choir.
Even so, I think I followed their footsteps,
to students instead of parishioners,
the importance of thinking for oneself,
I want people to find heaven on earth,
to be accepted for who they are.
Kindness and love are holy enough for me.