Danielle N. Dixon

Sunday Service

Southeast · Mt. Pleasant · Poetry

Bar-B-Que smoke signals summon Sunday sinners from their slumber
Today, backyard is church
No one is formally invited but every-one will come through
All are welcome in this sanctuary
Come as you are
The gospel of rhythms dusts our blues.
We take communion
Deviled eggs are the body
And the blood, V.O. in red solo
Parishioners bring side dish offerings
Lay them along the altar
Those who can’t cook bring plates, cups and ice
Others bring themselves, their love and laughter
Every offering is just enough
There’ll be spades and tonk for the kids
But bid whist is grown folk’s biz
Rise and fly
Slappin’ cards and tellin’ lies
Turn to your neighbor
Say “Neighbor! It’s sacrilegious to renege in this house!”
We commiserate, feed our faces and slap our thighs when we laugh from the gut
We pour one out for our dearly departed
Our time here is short so,
We hug necks and kiss cheeks in this fellowship
There is always a “to-go” plate wrapped in foil
Guests take what they need from the bag of bags under the kitchen sink

The sun bleeds orange across the Mount Pleasant skyline
The breeze carries music and laughter on the wind
We know these are the best days of our lives
This is the day the Lord hath made
Let the church say Amen

Danielle N. Dixon

Danielle Dixon is a published author, poet and artist. She is a current Baldwin House writer in residence. She has a BA in Visual Art from Kent State University and is an alumna of The Cleveland School of the Arts. Her work has been published in Cleveland Stories Volume 2, Inclusion Magazine and The Luna Negra. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


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