Voices on the Wind Memorable Voices
Six-Word Summation by Kathy Cotton In an unseen triplet of folding-chair parlors with partitions squeezed back tight as bagpipes, the preacher takes his place behind the casket of a friend who died suddenly. And young. We stand, silent, pressed face-to-back in over-flow hallways and alcoves to hear his message of comfort delivered over crackling wires. Gentle come the obituary lines, scriptures of hope, consolation to a grieving family. Then like a Sunday morning pulpit pounding, the preacher delivers his six-word summation: When your numberís up, itís up.