Seventeen

Beginnings were becoming my strong suit.
At Lakewood Public I reveled in art class;
got the title role in our senior play.
At home on Jordan Lake Road and around town
helped Dad and Mom with the church plant,
leading Sunday School and weekday Bible classes.
But doubts and qualms rose. Had no dates,
didn't dance, babysat a lot, saved money, tithed.
Kennedy was shot. We watched TV in government class.
I passed catechism orals, made profession of faith,
wrote statement of faith for Calvin application.
Graduation was anticlimactic.
Nothing fazed me like the book Black Like Me.
How awesome to work with 8-12 year old girls 
at the Y in Grand Rapids that summmer!

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