They lay on the garage floor,
straight two by fours, once proud members of a ramp,
a ramp built by Boy Scouts to help people safely enter the rectory.
Replaced by a metal one and now separated from the other members,
Resting now, feeling forgotten, scooted about, but
actually, like a larva, protected in its chrysalis, the garage.
Now suddenly needed.
Transformed by the magic wrought by a circular saw and
a screwdriver into a holder for sacred objects, torches and crosses,
no longer out in the elements, but in sacred space,
tween the sanctuary and the sacristy,
Useful once again.

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC 12-November-2013

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7 Responses to Metamorphosis

  1. How absolutely wonderful. Thank you for thinking it,for writing it and especially for sharing it with us.Janice

  2. John Daniel says:

    That is a lovely poem. And I bet the carthartic element that transformed those two-by-fours with a circular saw to hold a place in a sacred space was you.

  3. Bob Witten says:

    That wooden ramp was built by John Durkee, son of Don Durkee and Kate Sullivan. It was his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scouts. I know he will be pleased to hear his work has found a new use. Thanks, Ron. Bob

  4. Molly Frost says:

    Love the poetry, Ron!

  5. Laura says:

    As creative and skillful with words and images as with tools and re-purposed materials! You are a marvel, Ron. And the embodiment of Good Stewardship. (And the new Chancel arrangement is terrific!) Laura

  6. Sally Craig says:

    Blessings on the repurposer! Genius.

  7. says:

    Recycling at its Best!

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