The Wave

i must see myself

as part of The Wave,

not some outlier to be saved

from this swarm of humanity

and its seeming insanity.

to most every body,

this frenzied activity

is really quite ordinary.

though, not to me

a Soul that craves

tranquility;

the one that runs from the grind,

just trying to find

much less human density.

must do so quickly,

lest risk immediate psychic misery.

“Oh Lord, help me to perceive differently,”

i pray, so that i may longer stay

in the place where i am free,

not enslaved by a trickster ego

playing devious jokes on me!

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The Second Agreement

To most, she is seen as sweet,

angelic and gracious.

To some, she is perceived as bitter,

mischievous, and a tad imperious.

Over there, her presence elicits

captivation and glee!

Here, she is an irksome mystery

from which all wish to quickly flee!

It all depends

on the spectator lens,

the time of day,

the way

the wind bends.

Not about her;

it is simply

a matter

of subjectivity.

She, sensitive in nature,

must re-call

the most challenging agreement

of them all:

Take no thing personally.

“It is not about me,”

she must come to see,

so as to not suffer needlessly,

drowning in an abyss of sheer misery.

To live peacefully,

to walk confidently,

to do righteously,

she must be steeped

only

in He.

 

 

America

“O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me. And yet I swear this oath-America will be!” Langston Hughes

 

My country

strives to be

a sweet Land of Liberty,

a Crown of Beauty,

from sea to shining sea-

an example

a beacon

to other countries

and peoples

to witness

the possibility

of beloved community

amidst vast diversity,

of justice

amidst adversity,

of kindness

in the midst of such plenty.

America,

this grand, young experiment

in democracy-

governance

of

for

by

We, The People.

Still struggling with its meaning,

back and forth, we go;

to and fro,

from the high

to the very low.

Another birthday,

America 

tentatively celebrates,

expressing gratitude

for what is good.

While also cultivating

a firm commitment

to manifesting

for all

that which is

honorable,

innocent,

hopeful

within the

imperfect,

complex,

uncomfortable

experiment

that gave birth to a nation

of immigrants.