Rolling The Stone Away

Rolling The Stone Away

Rolling The Stone Away 150 150 Mary Langer Thompson

Five men, a jack, and a dolly
are all it takes to lift the
monumental block of
Thou Shalt Nots, to
wheel it away.
But the moving crew is impatient.

Joseph longs to meet his mistress
at their appointed hour.
Jim wants to finish moving his mother
so someone else can care for her.
Matt needs to confirm his Sunday
flight to Vegas.
Paul fibs that it’s too heavy for
his weak back, while David
swears at the God-awful monstrosity.

Protesters shake Bibles, scream,
“Bring it back!
Bring it back!”

But the men have other tasks in mind,
give one last push to the granite block,
send it to a back room.
Work complete, they leave together,
step out into the punishing heat.


Mary Langer Thompson

Mary Langer Thompson’s poetry appears in various journals and anthologies. She is a contributor to The Working Poet (Autumn Press) and Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland). She is a former school principal with an Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and was Senior Poet Laureate of California for 2012-2013. She lives with her husband Dave in Apple Valley, California.

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