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Compass

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I hope it’s a good day for you

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You deserve it

And many more good days

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It’s a harsh world

In many places

Though there is goodness, too

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I know this;

I hope you know it, too

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You know, there is this notion

Called democracy, which affirms

The majority

And respects the minority

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It’s a good idea,

An experiment in many places

In the world

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Now we know the trouble as

A virtue comes

When the numbers are too equal

And the country is divided

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I don’t think this happens very often

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But there is hype

And misuse of media

And people ready

To say this is what you think

And act on that behalf

That is not yours

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I’ve let the demons in

Too often

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I think they have a corner

There with maybe a side door

Or at least a tunnel

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There are angels, too

Ready to speak to me

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When I have been good,

I have listened

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Then there are the times

When the demons did not

Have to say anything, for

I was ready for their

Entrance

To take over

All my good intentions

And let ego run instead

Throughout the house

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And mischief,

Not the good kind,

Call it sin

Shall have its way

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God is good

And blesses our food

Though that rhyme is hard

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It’s important that we ask, for

It is not ours to bless

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The request might be enough,

God not one, usually, to

Draw up

A piece of paper

For a deal

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Though there have been precedents:

Moses, for one

And certain prophets’ calls

Toward redemption

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But we are not they;

We ask for affirmation of small things

In which there is salvation

For a lifestyle,

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Not because of word and rock

That are delivered from a mountain

Or ravens

Delivering our meals

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We are who we are, and

We are loved

Even when we’re sure we’re not—

In fact, more so in such times

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It’s not satisfactory, I know;

And who asked for free will,

Anyway?

But while we have it

And we’ll always have it,

Remember that the soul and heart

And mind

Is where it happens, first

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Remember, too, to advocate;

Our model is the

Spirit

Who gathers nothing,

Sometimes only promising a wilderness

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But cares

And loves

As we should care and love

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D. C. al Coda

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Coda

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I hope it is a good day for you;

I’ll pray for this

And, yes, I’ll pray for me as well

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More so, I’ll talk throughout

The day with God

And into night,

Though I have no skill

Or canny insight

Worked uncannily

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I am simply me,

You are you,

And God is God

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Always present,

Not a trick,

Too often beyond—

Specifically for mortals—

Understanding

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Have a care for mischief,

Though sometimes

Things are funny;

And the only thing to call up

Is some laughter

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Laugh with God

Who invented humor

And in a healthy way

With each other

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C L Couch

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