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God is good


he sings

to himself


while munching away on his large-sized cookie

at our local bookstore

and I

peering around

impatient to be on our way


he, my three year old, had insisted

that we sit

with great ceremony

to cookie partake


where is your coffee, Mommy,

he asks


that I had already taken care of

but he was solicitous of my welfare


God is good

he sings


and suddenly I notice

these sweet lyrics

learned at his Baptist daycare


of which I am decidedly not

a church member

and chosen exclusively for its known

excellent

pre-k program


but yet

you cannot argue

with those lyrics…

God is good

he sings


and at that moment

I espy


coincidentally

a sign to my left


that reads


“go ahead…surrender”


and then

in quick succession

a woman walks by


sporting a t-shirt


that proclaims


oddly enough


“I am a saint”


did I just receive

operating instructions


is it really that simple?

(notice, I did not say easy)


God is good


he sings



Annie Kiyonaga


2002


(The artwork was created by the three year old mentioned here - my younger son - when he was around ten years old.)


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