Pilgrimage

On the freeway service drive, just outside of Detroit, we picked up His Holiness, who had his thumb out and a jewel-encrusted satchel over his shoulder.

"You should hide that thing," said Judy.

"Or swap it at Salvation Army for something, um, a little less conspicuous?" said Mel. "You know the Salvation Army has a store, right?"

"Very well," said His Holiness in his accented English. We couldn't tell exactly what he meant.

"You shouldn't be out here anyway," scolded Allie, who was scrunched between Mel and His Holiness in the back seat. His Holiness explained that he had come for us, not the other way around.

"I bless you tires, I bless you headlights, I bless you beautiful American noggins," he said, and did.

Much later, after we had let His Holiness off near Bad Axe, a light rain started to fall.

"I feel cleansed," chirped Judy, and we all laughed, but honestly, we were all glad to be close to Allie's house, her floor and couches, and some scrambled eggs scooped onto Dollar Store plates with birds on them.
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for Day 7 of my 39 poems in 39 days.

Comments

hedgewitch said…
This strongly strongly reminds me of a Danny's poem(in fact for old times sake I went back and read a few, including one of my all time faves, The Feast of Saint Creola) and it has all that random magic and spark. While I *am* always on the loose, I am not a catlick girl, but I like His Holiness here, and I think his holiness is just what we need. I feel loads lightened for the girls in the bug, even if they are too worldly wise to count on it. I'm glad for (and amazed at) your poem parade these 39 days.
. said…
“we were all glad to be close to Allie's house, her floor and couches, and some scrambled eggs scooped onto Dollar Store plates with birds on them”

I love this. <3

There is a particular Dollar Tree plate pattern that embraces my soul when I see it — dark blue flowers. And oh my, scrambled eggs in a cozy cove do sound good.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Oh yes, it reminds me of your restaurant poems, that I loved so much. This is simply wonderful, a delight to read and envision. You got the diction exactly right.
Carrie Van Horn said…
I feel like I was right there in the car in awe of the mix of irony and truth. Brilliant Shay!! 🤩
qbit said…
"I bless you beautiful American noggins," he said, and did." Fabulous. I love that so much.
Kerry O'Connor said…
The strangest of meetings , the meetings of strangers.. isn't that life?
Kenia Santos said…
Simply love the magic in this one, and again, the way you paint pictures with words in your own unique - I love it.