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Small fingers curling on podium's edge.

For no reason at all, and with no explanation, his father fled the world. A sea of dark blue symbolism in front if him, waves of safety and service with an undertow of hyper-vigilance, he was left adrift. He climbed the altar stairs like an offering. Curling his ten small fingers around the podium edge, lifting himself toward the microphone, he spoke with an angel's chiming bell-like tone of peace and love and baseball and video games. Only his eyes betrayed him. His anger, a beast clawing into his spine and forcing his chest to arch forward, caused his grandfather, standing behind him, to crumple under its weight. He enveloped his grandson in his arms and roared his hurt at his son's betrayal, the trite dismissal of the gifts given to him, into the high ceilinged church, throwing his rage as high and far as it would fly. All the while, the implacable sea of blue used their shields to guard them from their own vulnerability. Those small fingers, however, gauged the tears out of theirs eyes, unbidden and unwelcome. I sat amongst them, watching the furtive swipe of fingers behind sunglasses and thought of our twenty fingers shielded so thinly. I worried about the five interlaced with mine. Find Peace, JS
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