By Bill Ayres
Put in charge of so much money
I should have been happy.
I should have taken a chance.
But I didn’t buy flour and make bread
There were already too many bakeries.
To buy wool and use it to make tents,
I would have had to learn to sew.
Others bought and sold.
They started banks.
They opened stores.
The smell of clay filled my nostrils
as I dug the hole,
making a place to hide the treasure,
digging it deeper than it had to be,
not knowing why,
not realizing what I buried was myself.
Bill Ayres teaches Sunday school to five year olds. They ask good questions.
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