I’m Lookin’ for a Burning Bush
by Lynda McKinney Lambert
Sitting in my office taking care of business:
The Village of Wurtemburg, Pennsylvania,
My two gray cats watch birds from the open window.
My dogs and I were out the door before dawn.
They sniff the trails through the woods,
track the deer while I look for fragile phlox
swaying in the morning breeze.
My husband is making hot oatmeal in the kitchen and he stops
to comment on the songs he hears on the radio – “I cannot understand the words, ” he says.
But, I know the truth; he’s hard of hearing.
My Episcopal friend, Ann, sent me a copy of her Easter sermon
a few weeks ago.
She is preaching about Moses and is encounter with the burning bush.
Since then, I keep wondering what sort of bush it was before the Lord entered into it .
Perhaps it was a Privet bush like the ones see in the woods.
Or maybe even a Red Barberry Bush with red berries still hanging on it
.after a long winter, but hat made it worthy of Divine habitation?
Why did she tell me that she thinks I am a burning bush, too?
So now, I worry that God just might decide to jump inside of me some day
when I am out there walking my dogs or when I stop to touch the purple phlox?
Or, is he already there, inside of my body, and then I wonder if that is the case, is my face glowing like Moses’ was
and if it is, can anyone see me glowing?
I had a call from the editor of the university alumni magazine and
she needs a clear photo of my book’s cover.
Yes, I will send it right away, I said. I’ll do it immediately, after I finish writing this poem.
An E-mail arrived from Denver, Colorado, I agreed to give them a series of workshops,
and she needs to know where to send my check.
“We enter the story with its only human character, Moses.
Think where he is. Geographically, he is out beyond the wilderness. That’s far out!
And that’s where he is personally.” (Ann Paton)
I am going to take off my sandals, just like Moses.
I’m going to take them off and stand on holy ground.
Sitting in my office taking care of business.
Copyright 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
zporm and Photography by Lunda McKinney Lambert.Copyright, May 19, 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
Lynda McKinney Lambert