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Life Arts    H4'ed 11/20/15

The Little, Slightly Tilted Church

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump wants to close down Mosques. This reminds me of a little story that came to me after I heard that Presidential Candidate Donald Trump wants to close down Mosques.

There was a little church that sat, slightly tilted, on a plain before a hill with an orchard. The orchard of old twisted peach and persimmon trees covered most of the little hill, except for a very small pasture with an old nanny goat and a raggedy mule and a rough place on top of large red granite boulders and a well, surrounded by an elegantly carved wall. Not one of the members of the little church could remember how the elegantly carved wall came to be.

The husband of the orchard was a very old man. He tended his orchard, milked his goat, fought with his mule and took care of the little, slightly tilted church. He had just one son. His wife had died from a fall from a blue ladder. She was picking the ripe astringent, trout roe colored persimmons. She tumbled head after heel down the little hill, becoming still just at the back corner of the little church; her old neck broken, its sweet undulating topography unchanged.

The couple's only son ran to his mother. He lay beside her and sobbed, throwing ripe persimmons against the autumn sun. They disappeared, then plopped, bursting on the split shake roof of the slightly tilted little church. The old man could not console his son. Since the day he could giggle at his own burps he would roll peaches and persimmons down the hill. He would gleefully shout after them; complimenting those that just touched the church, reprimanding those that crashed into it or rolled past. The old man told his old friends that the boy would now do nothing, not even roll peaches or persimmons after watching his mother tumble head after heel down the little hill.

Shortly after, the boy broke out all the windows of the little, slightly tilted church, stole the one brass key to the rickety oak church door, melted it down and made a tomahawk and ran howling down the main street of the village -- frightening the Mayor's wife and causing the Librarian to feint. The boy left town, breaking other windows on his way.

The Mayor gathered a herd of local men. He ordered them to bring hammers and pointy nails. The Mayor and the men marched to the little church at the foot of the little hill with the orchard. They ran in circles around the little church, many with large stomachs, holding up their britches with one hand, shouting foul words and assaulting the brisk, autumn air with their hammers in the other. Struggling to keep their saggy britches above their plumbing, they then passed greasy brown paper sacks of pointy nails around, nailing all the windows and doors of the little, slightly tilted church shut.

The old man sat in his orchard and cried. He had no one to make the bitter persimmons into sweet bread or roll rotten fruit, tickled, down the little hill. Every morning he would walk to the little church carrying his frazzled, old broom. He would knock on the door. No one ever answered. He walked slowly back up the little hill. One day no one ever brought a broom to the little, slightly tilted church ever again.

Trump is an a**hole.
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