The Home of the Brave*

He is a pompous old man, a senator
who is starting to lose his marbles.
He keeps repeating himself and
contradicting himself and attemp-
ting to take off his glasses when
they aren’t there. He would retire
shortly, but before that he would
be joined by another senator who
looks just like a turtle and sounds
like one if a turtle could talk —
like gravel rolling around in his
mouth. They are joined by several
other senior citizen, white legis-
lators who don chain-mail vests,
football helmets and carry shields
and spears and AK47s into inter-
national battle just declared by
the House and confirmed by the
Senate. The old geezers, in brave
solidarity, stated unanimously
that this is a job for men not
boys.

*idea from a meditation by Frederick
Buechner

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