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While I Was Writing

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While I Was Writing

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On the news just now,

A hypersonic missile

Purportedly in China

China denies it

We want the same thing

China isn’t evil

Though sometimes

Sometimes we are evil

We all should know better

And we do

We do what we hate

Give it a name,

Security

Secure would be

Not to have these things

In Xanadu,

Kublai Khan decreed

An extraordinary place

And I hope everyone was fed

There

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Alhambra de Granada

Photo by Jorge Fernández Salas on Unsplash

Alhambra, Spain

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Prayer for Angry Neighbor

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Prayer for Angry Neighbor

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I’m going to ignore you

And pray for you

That you find what you want

Not as you want it

(sorry, that’s a spiritual rub)

But as one perfectly

Provides

And you are happy

As you’ve never known

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I guess that’s not

So much ignoring,

After all

It’s the other stuff

The stuff that you throw

Down as if to say,

Challenge me

I’ll take you on

Though what you want

Is brittle

And could shatter

With what is left

Call them fragments

Call them splinters

Call it defeat

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That’s probably too much

To pray for now

To keep it simple,

Pray for peace

On the inside for you

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Photo by Siarhei Plashchynski on Unsplash

Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Robby

(x = space)

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Robby

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God, I pray

The shots go well today

And the check after

At the cardiologist’s

Making sure machinery

Is operative

And optimal

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A robot lubricated

Taken through the list

Before launching

Into new missions

Into the

Ordinary beyond

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Robby the Robot in a poster for the original release of The Invisible Boy.

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Grace Is Free

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Grace Is Free

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You tell me the process

That lets out grace

Into the world

I can’t begin to say

Because it is not up to me

While my knowledge says

It’s free and freely given

By one who could

Have charged a lot

Rather made it free

Who releases grace

No one but one

Who does not keep it in a jar

To be dispensed with tickets

Shining and uncornered

But ready through unnailed openings

To give it without reason

Save for an abiding, relentless

Always hoping interest

In love and salvation

Grace is free

It’s freedom

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Photo by Thomas Millot on Unsplash

Selonnet, France

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Untimely

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Untimely

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I want to sense

The world around me

I suppose most of us do

Even if the world

Has been

An awful place

From time to time

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It is our home

It’s what we have

And should we leave

Before it’s time

Our absence will be

Missed

By angels in the cosmos

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There will be keening

As the rings of heaven

Move against

Each other

In a way

They’re not supposed to

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for all the children killed in schools

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Kids hopscotch game in playground.

Photo by Eric Tompkins on Unsplash

Silver Springs, Florida, USA

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Unwind

(x = space)

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Unwind

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Unlike unraveled,

Unwinding is good

The keeper of the maze

Has rested

Restrung her thread

And we are ready

For a puzzle

We are ready for adventure

On the smaller side

A kind to enjoy

From chairs

With drinks on small tables

To one side or the other

Simple games

With easy rules

Something to rest into

If we doze, it doesn’t matter

This is an easy day

A gift

From the graces

While the muses play

And otherwise shut out

Shut off

The noise we do not need

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a kind of companion piece to yesterday’s posting

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Colorful Fabrics

Photo by Kayvan Mazhar on Unsplash

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Unwound

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Unwound

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After conflict

There’s thinking

It should have never

Happened

Cooler, take indifferent

Heads should have prevailed

At the start

Before

Before the mess

The knotted

And unraveling,

Twisted the way that

Things twine now

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Not in the midst of

What’s going on

There’s getting by

Day to day

Hoping to wake somehow

Into something new

Something

Miraculous, so filled

With grace

That penitence

Weeps for relief

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Somehow with

An uncertain thread

From Ariadne

Now betrayed,

The maze

Should be resolved

And we

Regain

The air outside

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Photo by Terri Bleeker on Unsplash

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Wake-Up Gospel

(x = space)

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Wake-Up Gospel

(John 10:25)

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My works I do

Show God

They testify of me

Jesus did that

And says it every time

We read or hear it

He shows

And says it again

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Works righteousness

Alone,

Some say

Indulgences for sin

Is close

When works as

Polity and practice go wrong

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Indulgence on a decorated paper

Certified

Purchased

Ahead of time for sin

This doesn’t happen anymore

Reformation

Counterreformation

Timing keeps them apart

Though unity

Should bring them near

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Then there are

The Evangelicals

The siblings

The independents

They are seen

And heard

Close in doctrine

But there is the edifice

The cathedrals

The state churches

The republic in the Vatican

What shall be done

With these?

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Still, there could be

A table

‘Round whose delegates

Might bring a gift

For conversation

Each thing distinct,

Each thing to say

We are here

And we have something

To make it better

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Then everyone could talk

And everyone could listen

The works of God

That show God

Could be manifest

Together rise

Against decline

Against blooded

Or bloodless war

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There could be peace on Earth

Well, some of it

Bless-ed assurance,

All that’s needed

In God

In each other

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SOURDOUGH

Photo by Conor Brown on Unsplash

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Nos Temps Perdu

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Nos Temps Perdu

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Bad memories

Shameful

We wince

But it’s okay

Freudianism aside

(which I guess

we cannot do,

not entirely)

They are over now

We don’t have to

Live them

There should be

Some knee-jerk

Relief in this

We don’t have to live them

More than once,

The once that lived them

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There’s much to do,

Of course

Therapy and such

And telling those

Who must be told

While learning

Not to tell it again and again

To ourselves

Or live them

Many times more

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Enough ownership

To say

That happened

It’s made a difference

Here it is

A thing that

Doesn’t have to rule

My nerves

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Then there are

The good parts:

Learning

Or sometimes simply pleasure

Recalled from

Good things that have happened

If we’re going to live in memory

From time to time,

There are

The good parts, too

And, oh yeah, there is today

Where we are now

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Hello

Doctor

Name

Continue

Yesterday

Tomorrow

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Machine memory

Human memory

Both have glitches

Both can be recollected

Let go or kept in health

With clarity

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National Parc of Tassili n’Ajjer, Algerian Sahara, near Djanet, rock engravings (7000 years old)

Photo by Azzedine Rouichi on Unsplash

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