Pancake with a Tail

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Today was our last day in Florida, where we’ve been for a few days for our denomination’s national new church development conference. This came right after nine days at the New Wilmington Mission Conference. Both conferences were inspiring, but not exactly restful. Until today. We stayed an extra day to enjoy the beach and, simply, to rest. And I’m grateful that today’s rest produced some unexpected fruit. As at the Festival of Faith & Writing this spring, the slower pace of our final day here gave birth to some creative writing. Here is a haiku based on a remarkable sight I saw while running on the beach this morning:

Pancake with a tail,
A blue heron’s breakfast: young
Sting ray, swallowed whole.

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