Come to Jesus Meeting
Mack could no longer deny
what his eyes saw at the end
of the alley, Maggie attending
to Jake’s wounds, and yes
Louis too, looking somehow
even better than the last time
they saw him.
Jake weakened by blood loss,
held the forty-five in his limp hand,
as Mack finally stood before him,
his thirty-eight-resting firm
in his strong right hand.
Mack’s resolve faded quickly
when locking eyes with Maggie.
Then, even more, as Louis began to preach,
reminding Mack, Maggie, and Jake
of their mutual bond, of how
each was beholding to the multitude
of blessings found in their trinity.
Mack knelt beside Maggie and Jake,
murmuring amends and recompense.
There would be no violence this night.
It ended here and now. As he turned
to thank Louis, the faint wisps
retreating into the white light
was all he saw.
©Paul Goldman May 6, 2022
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