Friday, August 31, 2012

communal heart


Pentecost +14 - Year B

why didn’t you listen
to your mother
when you were told
wash your hands
before during after
eating or playing

did you also forget
to put on clean underwear
or not to follow blindly
and jump off a bridge
oh scratch that
we want your blindness

I was too busy
remembering my mother’s stories
about angels, shepherds, and magi
that were confirmed at Jordan
with doves and clouds
speaking belovedness

listen again
dirt has needed minerals
absolute rules of denial
reveal corrupt desires
for absolute power
strive for balance

and yet again
arise my repressed one
step away from reductions
bad case law is over
flowers grow in dirt
let’s garden together

yes attend to cleanliness
“seek a heart that’s joyful,
heart that’s honest, heart that’s clean”
and know this
communal heart is needed
for common distress

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quote above from a translation of Calon Lân (video) by Malcolm Cowen.

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