Ms Debbie there’s dirt on your face

Ash Wednesday was explained to some

happily by me

went to a church

not my church but aren’t we all

the church

so what does it matter

except some…well don’t

don’t do and don’t do

but today

I did

go with my friend

and receive the ashes

dust to dust

we are all from dirt

and shall return to


yet the story

the circular nature of it

reminded me

to live

the day set aside to remind me

I will surely and absolutely


instead reminded me to live




with my entirety

cold but the sun shining

bright is the winter sun in the southern sky

the privilege to be known

full and free

is sacred

just like the dirt

alive and dead and alive

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