Palm Fronds – Lent Thirty`One

All the local franchises
have ordered their fronds
in preparation for a parade
in which no one will participate
except for the littlest children
who do what their teachers say
because they’re afraid not to
The proud corporate frond providers
have organized the third world’s poor
to gather uniform 3 foot long
sturdy off-white palm spears
easily packaged not easily damaged
for which they’re paid 3 cents per 100
and marketed them on the internet
to worship committees in churches
who still keep at least three holy days
on their liturgical calendars
Ushers pass the spears out
along with the morning menu
as the faithless gather at 10:05
for the 10 o’clock service
The fronds are unceremoniously
crammed into the racks behind hymnals
During the processional hymn
5 little children walk down the center isle
as congregants mumble unintelligible Hosannas
then sit down once again in anticipation
of the familiar Prayer of Confession
for which they’ve really come because
it is followed by the Sharing of the Peace
which allows them to greet their friends
and decide where it is they’ll have lunch
Following the service the fronds are at last
dumped in the waste baskets in the Narthex

These are not the Lenten Pilgrims infected by the Coyote
These are the Lenten Settlers living by the City Code


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to Palm Fronds – Lent Thirty`One

    • So glad you left a comment after this poem; it is the second time I tried posting it, the first time I was disappointed by its negativity . . . Anyway: thanks!


      • cheryl622014 says:

        I think in England Easter means absolutely nothing to people unless you really go to Church regularly.. even then unless it is a football match many people are totally embarrassed about waving palm leaves and pretending.. We’re quite good at Maundy Thursday and Good Friday..perhaps that says more about a particular section of society though…!

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  1. kiwiskan says:

    says it all…and yet Palm Sunday still needs to be celebrated – so something to think about


  2. did you rewrite an earlier post? – we always brought home our palms to place on the family crucifix – and to fashion lapel crosses to be worn at Easter services


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