Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Monday, May 21, 2018

spiritual poverty

“When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
                             Eleanor Roosevelt

Are we so empty
So fearful

That we have lost our ability
To give
And to welcome?

In the mist of a rainy evening
I watch the horses play
Musical hay piles

Wandering distractedly
Sadie, the alpha
Aged and bony though she may be
Still queens over the pasture

Finally settling
And so to the others

And then, magically
From the darkness under the trees
Come the deer

But eager

Finding their way to the piles of hay
And there they
The haves and the have nots

All stomachs being sated
Because of generosity and welcome

How it speaks of the poverty
Of those with obscene wealth
That they must grasp for more

Knowing that because they do
Someone goes hungry
Someone sleeps on the street
Someone has no health care
Someone lives in despair

How it speaks of the poverty
Of those with all the power
Who misuse that power
Who lie and cheat and steal

Gasping, consuming, gorging themselves

On what does not
Will not
Can not satisfy

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trees of Heaven, Seeds of Hell

You can't plant the trees of Heaven, ...
with  the seeds of Hell. "

                             Ammar Al- Shukry

It doesn’t matter
It does

Whether you are trying to Make America Great Again
Establish the Kingdom of God

It does not matter how you define yourself
Or your spirituality

You cannot create good out of evil
You cannot build greatness out of greed
You cannot create justice if you lust for power
You cannot create hospitality with fear
You cannot generate compassion out of judgement

We cannot create world of peace and equity
A world of love and justice
By insisting on our own way

The way to what is good
Is not merely paved with good intentions
But with good actions
And good hearts

With compassion and generosity
Equity and equality
Acceptance and love

There is no other way to make American Great
There is no other way to usher in the Kingdom

It takes sacrifice
And giving
Sometimes it takes dying
Always it takes love

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Live in the questions

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
...live in the question.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

I have so many questions
The longer I live
The more I have

It seems as for every answer
There are 5 questions,
Waiting to ambush me

And so I walk each day
With so much unresolved
Living the questions

Knowing that perhaps there is no answer
to be found in this world
in this moment

only in the depth of eternity
and maybe not then

perhaps then it won’t matter anymore
as I find resolution
and return to the One from whom I came

Why do children get sick?
Whey do parents brutalize their children, mental, and physically?
Why are we so selfish?
Why do wicked people seem to prosper?
Why do we so easily believe liars?
Where am I going?
Has my life been worth anything?
Why am I so often lonely?
Why do I do so many stupid things?
How do we create change?
How do we defeat evil?

These things torment me, and go unresolved
Yet I will hold them patiently
And I will let them go
For they are of no earthly good
Of no heavenly good either

and the answers are sometimes worse
being not the answer


I will live in the questions...
And keep walking
Keep searching
Keep trying
Keep loving (as best I can)