Sunday, November 18, 2012

Enmity Prayer

            A   L   O   H   A  !           

" I have sworn
upon the altar of God,
 eternal hostility
against every form
of tyranny
over the mind of man. "

    Thomas Jefferson

" Don't tell me 
the moon is shining; 
show me the glint
 of light
 on broken glass. "

Anton Chekhov

“ It seems to me
 people tend to forget 
that we are to love
 our enemies,
 not to satisfy
 some standard of righteousness
 but because God 
their Father
 loves them. ”

 Marilynne Robinson, 

" I want to be
 with those who know
 secret things 
or else alone "

Rainer Maria Rilke

Sworn Eternal Enmity

Those things I hate
will be my enemies forever.
I will oppose and fight them,
being opposite in every way.

Rudeness I hate -
I will be kind.

Grasping is evil -
I will joyfully share.

Exclusion offends - 
I will be warmly present
for all others,
not hurrying away.

Blame is corrosive -
 I will forgive myself
and others;

Trusting to the altar
or ambiguity
that which I
do not understand;

the next hour,
are promised to none - 
I will live in gratitude

N O W.

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