Moral Theology

by Bill Schulz

 

Someone sneezes

in a classroom

on holy hill

in Berkeley, California.

 

Someone’s sneeze

then a moment

of silence

in a classroom

on holy hill

in Berkeley.

 

Moral Theology,

required study

for Buddhists, Jews

and Unitarians,

skeptics, Muslims,

Christians,

and one atheist, all

startled by a sneeze

in a classroom

on holy hill

in Berkeley.

 

A sneeze,

a moment of silence, then

for the defense of their faith,

a tribal rush to say

God bless you! 

or Bless you! first.

Then one still small voice

whispers Gesundheit

in a sunny classroom

on holy hill

in Berkeley, California.

Bill Schulz lives in Portland, Maine. His work has appeared in The Aurorean, High Shelf, Kansas Quarterly, Nine Mile, Nixes Mate, and The Seneca Review. His first chapbook of poetry - A Consistent Response to The Impossible - will be published in 2019.

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