Monday Morning Poem: “Landfill Memories”

Monday Morning Poem: “Landfill Memories” September 10, 2018
Bulldozer at landfill
Landfills are where people deposit the memories of life lived and lost. Landfills are monuments to transitions and change in life.



Poem: “Landfill Memories”

I was at the landfill today dropping off some
of our memories from the last five years. I sat
in the bed of our trailer on our old couch, hesitant
to toss it in the hole. It’s a couch we’ve had with
us for three states. It’s a couch our dog, who passed
away recently used to perch on, waiting for us to
come home. It’s a piece of memory from our days
in southwest Missouri where we still have friends,
and that was over 10 years ago. It’s a memory of
our house being filled to the brim with our Colorado
youth group kids. And it’s a memory of our Central Oregon
church family having Christmas Eve services in our house.
I never imagined that the landfill is so full of memories.

About Joe Puentes
Joe is a follower of Jesus, ragamuffin, sojourner, writer, speaker, entrepreneur, husband, dad and heart attack survivor. He is also a former pastor of twenty years. Joe has served as a youth pastor and lead pastor in churches of various sizes: mega, medium and small size churches—from a church plant, to an established church, a 100-plus year old church and to a restart church. You can find him writing here at Patheos and at and follow him on Twitter @joepuentes. You can read more about the author here. You can read more about the author here.
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