Phil Schultz

The question is by not appearing at the door

does Elijah deliver a greater gift of wisdom,

or is the disappointment of his dependable absence

a secret message only prophets can understand?

I must admit I think prophets are good neighbors.

But then I don't like anyone dropping by without

calling first. I enjoy knowing he won't be there.

In fact, I've come to depend on it. My sons expect

the unexpected, their innocence looks forward

to disappointment. Do I have any idea what I'm

trying to say? I enjoy my faith in the mystery

of my ignornace. I enjoy expecting nothing

but further mystery. I only wish I could find a properly

mysterous last line on which to end.

Goodbye dear Prophet of absence.

May the year bring further wisdom. May you

once again fail to appear at my door!





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