This poem was published in the Autumn, 2007 edition of “Inspirit: The Literary Journal of Baughman Memorial United Methodist Church.”

for Uncle Don
The wife said, One of these days!
She said it as she held on to the porch rail, steadyin’ herself
That new church she’s been going to, they put a labyrinth out back
The wife says it’s nice, but I ain’t gone yet and don’t intend to
The weather’s been too nice to waste it wandering around in circles
But today, though, it commenced to raining pretty good
You’d’ve thought a fella’d have more than a dollar-store umbrella in his truck
But the wife insisted on washing my gimme cap
So I elected to get wet
and go check it out. Here’s what it’s like:
You start at the beginning and follow the edge
I don’t know how you get lost walking in a straight line, but I did
Three times
Still you just put one foot in front of the other
It’s not a maze. There’s nothing for you to think.
You just walk and walk until you wind up in the middle
There was this rock there, so I sat on it
‘Cuz it was there and all
The rain left and the whole thing was blazin’ with sunlight
Then I walked out
I didn’t notice nothing I’d seen on the way in
I thought I was facing the wrong way
but I still went right the whole way out
The rain’d stopped, so I got back in my truck and opened the windows
I drove home the same way I’d come, back to my wife
Who had laid my ballcap out on the porch rail to dry.


  1. A church with a literary journal?? How fabulous is that? Thank you for posting this here, Megan. I have just begun praying on a labyrinth in the last year or so – there are two wonderful ones in our town, the 2nd of which I have yet to explore. I have adapted/adopted this in my daily lap-walking – not an exact replica, but still the most intentional and meaningful prayer experience of my days just now. I think I might like your uncle – a lot. I surely do like his niece.

  2. This is gorgeous. a beautiful lyrical tribute to your aunt and uncle. Lovely1

  3. I just love this. Gimme cap and all. And hmmming at weather too nice to waste wandering in circles.