This poem was featured in Rev. Strauss’ sermon: “Free to be Spontaneous,” on May 23rd, 2021. 


A poem by Rev. Taryn Strauss


Our plagues became Biblical so let us write our 

Bible of Now.

When we speak of cicadas, ancient and alive under there the whole entire time,

We call this emergence.  

Crawling out from our fortresses, shells of our former selves maybe

But ready to sing, ready to make some noise on this good green Earth

To remember the cacophony of Being,

To rejoin the choir of life, 

Voices shaky, throats scratchy, meandering around the pitch until we claim our note in harmony with all the others

To sing the song of survival and say each in our own way

Here We Are.



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