Poems

In Search of a Round Table

byChuck Lathrop

It will take some sawing
To be roundtabled.
Some redefining
And redesigning,
Some redoing and rebirthing
Of narrow long Churching
Can painful be—
For people and tables.
It would mean no daising
And throning,
For but one king is there
And he is a foot washer,
At table no less.
And what of narrow long ministers
When they confront
A round table people,
After years of working up the table
To finally sit at its head,
Only to discover
That the table has been turned around?
They must be loved into roundness
For God has called a People
Not “them and us.”
“Them and us” are unable
To gather round; for at a round table
There are no sides
And all are invited
To wholeness and to food.
At one time
Our narrowing churches
Were built to resemble the cross
But it does no good
For building to do so,
If lives do not.

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