Saturday, August 25, 2012

public soul

Pentecost +13 - Year B

how armor the public?
for the public carries our soul

budgets abandoning the public
abandon our soul to evil intent

teen adventurism of independence
can be addictive when abandoned

when a child’s eye on tomorrow
shifts focus from us to me

when an adult’s sense of having been there
is silenced by whiny yelling

a moral commitment to general welfare
comes unstuck and we dizzily spin

fashion a thinking cap
of long-term budgeting

ties that bind open community
to thankful next generations

stand in one another’s shoes
to know what makes for equity

have faith in a common defense
of community response

avoid shooting flaming arrows
of evil’s preemptive fear

institutionalized “you are on-your-own”
ultimately destroys the wealth it seeks

it is not a lie so much as blindness
to the value of the public

blindness to the public
is blindness to the future

trunkless legs of Ozymandias stand
as testament to power budgets

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[above based on Ephesians 6:11-18 and this article.

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