ALPINE AVALANCHE, Alpine, Texas, U. S. A.: “A ‘virulent’ influenza, designated ‘AY,’* or ‘The A -sh Wednesday Flu’ ‘gutted’ several local church choirs, coinciding with the celebration of Ash Wednesday [03/06/19]! Authorities think it might be linked to ‘tainted’ ashes! Many have speculated on the reasons & the plaque continues!” 3/12/2019
” ‘A’ VIRUS!” a poem a.k.a.: “Ash Wednesday Influenza, Southern Style!” 3/12/19 [T]
The choir resumed – their CHORAL RAPPORT!
Yet each member wondered – if there would be more,
Sickness and silencing of their eager voices,
For theirs was to worship, above other choices,
To sing – in excelsis! So, why all the silence?
Even the pastor’d-been – familiar with “ninhil-ence!”
“Well, IT-CAME – thus:” said-She, our pastor! “Last Night,
The reason(s) – for-this turmoil, heartache – and fright:
THE LORD WISHES TO FOSTER – OUR WILL – TO COMPOSE,
OURSELVES IN EXUBERANCE! and Ash-Wednesday-did-pose,
A ‘conjunction’ of sacred – and various things,
Which-could-‘set our hearts right,’ so-when-we-sings,
We’ll sing – of a Savior, risen in-deed,
Just as our voices and bodies did-bleed,
During these dark days! of Expel!-ation!”
This, from the Lord – was His explanation!***
We listened – with interest – with horror and pride!
[but NOT pride-ful-ness – for, from this, song won’t hide!]
So, we “struck up the chorus,” as-if ONE-re-newed!!
And our voices – were VIRGIN! and CHASTENED! and “nude!”
* – pronounced as a LONG “A!”
** – Jobeth McLeod, pastor for the local Presbyterian congregation
*** – The Lord was unable to be reached for comment! It was, however, reported He was visiting Henry Winkler, and the two of them were walking around The Gates, doing “Fonzie” impersonation(s)! You-know: “AaaaaaY!” “AaaaaaY!
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