Wind rustles in the dead sunflowers beyond my screen door--
Books thump, tape stretches
Like the wait for help that doesn't come.
I hit replay on my answering machine
one last time to hear,
"I'm sorry, I can't wait for your back pay.
I have bills to pay, too, so you can't stay."
Crickets chirp outside and one answers
from my empty cupboard,
as I unplug the phone and pack it too.
Last box, propping the screen door open,
I grab my purse, keys, and box,
and hear the main door open.
Locking mine, as the landlord's slams.
my keys fall and he's walking swiftly, eyes averted from the guest house.
His last words echo in my memory--
"I'll refund your
Comic treatment--subject--James encounters Jesus' first enemy and His prophesy is fulfilled.
(0) Intro page. Title of comic--"The Prophesied One". Nazareth street scenes: women returning from well, dogs, houses, old man pointing further down street to stranger wearing brown mantle, synagogue, credits at bottom of page (total of 8 pages).
(1) A man enters a carpenter's shop that is advertised "Joseph & Sons". He is wearing a brown hooded mantle that shows the hint of a Pharisee's headwear (no phylacteries seen). (2) The man working at the table sets down the small hammer he is using to make a decorative box which would fit inside a dowry box