Sunday Morning: Shrinks back farther into the empty sleeve of the church


Early in March,
in the shadow of the abandoned Assembly of God,
there’s a melting snowdrift shaped like a hand
whose five thin fingers reach
to soothe the grass on the neighboring lawn.
Each day this white hand shrinks back farther
into the empty sleeve of the church.

~ Ted Kooser, The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Book 

Photograph: Ed Erglis (Minnesota)



  1. Beautuful capture and setting.


  2. Beautiful…

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  3. lovely –

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  4. Beautifully written and beautiful image.

    This reminds me of an episode of On Point with Tom Ashbrook that aired last week (find it here:

    The line “the empty sleeve of the church” seems like a metaphor for the shrinking influence organized religion is having on more people today. The panel explored the question, “can you find/have morality without religion?”. I found it very interesting.

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  5. Christie says:

    Stunning photo..Ted Kooser, beautifully, poetic descriptive words really imprint within my mind a spot where I’d like to stop, pausing long enough to draw in a several deep breaths, along a winters walk – Christie

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