But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ – Matthew 25:6

Perfect Ten,
You dally, dawdle, delay
- who knows where doing who knows what -
and then,
as in the fairy tales of old,
 you appear at midnight
(presumably with both shoes on?)
as if the wedding invitation said,
"Hors d'oeuvres and mingling begin at 12:00 a.m."
It is difficult to come out to meet you at such a late hour
when we are all tucked in, lights out,
sleeping our lives away.
Bring oil, please.
Amen.

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