Boys in the Balcony

They were fighter planes
the size of bubble gum wrappers

We weren’t supposed to chew gum in church
might make us cough and start a chain reaction
might fall out in the offering plate

What if it popped during “hallowed be…”
would that make God angry…

“God,” whose name I could trace with my finger
in the wavy grain of the oak
my mother sat upon so properly
my father so uprightly

Except when a brave B12
one engine out
tumbled from the balcony for a crash landing in
Mrs. Parker’s auburn wig

The pilot nearly died in that fire


This poem received honorable mention in the 2007 Utmost Christian Writers novice poetry contest:


Posted February 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

This is beautiful… I don’t even go to Church, but I feel like I have been there…

Posted February 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

This is very funny, Kristina. Nice punch line.

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