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Slip-Sliding Petition

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Slip-Sliding Petition

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God, I’m tired

Not tired of life

But from lack of sleep

Dreams

That wear me out

So that I’ve lived a day already

Then try to rise

Into waking,

Real agendas

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This is a prayer

Maybe I could ask for something

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I can’t think of anything else

I’ve drifted off

Into Saturday

Or something like

Is Saturday a prayer?

Amen

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C L Couch

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Photo by Daniel Olah on Unsplash

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A Human Gift

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A Human Gift

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God smiles on a Saturday

The human invention

Of a weekend

An extra day for homework

Sleeping in, perhaps

Housecleaning

Or play

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It’s a gift we gave ourselves

Along with ending child labor

In “Satanic Mills”

And the imposition on the profit-makers

Of an eight-hour day

For manufacturing iron and steel into

Gold and empire,

All of which happened

With agrarian losses

And also serfs and lords

In the old system

Classes turned into attitudes

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It’s more complex, of course

But doesn’t bear a quiz

This is the day we have

(not everywhere)

An extra day for homework

Sleeping in, perhaps

Housecleaning

Or play

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C L Couch

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“Jerusalem,” a hymn, words by William Blake

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Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Let’s play fetch!

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A Gift to be Free

A Gift to be Free

 

It’s a Saturday for God-thinking in

The easiest way possible

No one expects anything at least

In my culture

(weekend in the USA)

There’s mass on Saturday

A smart invention of the Catholic church

But even then it will go easier

Litany from a hammock

Prayers while kneeling

In the garden

 

What does God want of Saturday?

Sixth day of creation

I think we were made

Though a day to God

Might as well be an eternity

To our thinking

We are the human gift

Invention for our industry

 

Now limit the hours

Keep it to five days

(four days in Europe)

Send all the children home

From factories forever

(the world waits for this)

 

It can be a day for thinking and rethinking

For new ways to slide in

Supplanting what needs to be overthrown

Inside,

Confirming what is wise and

Always

 

Let’s enjoy the first half of the weekend

Tomorrow should be even better

 

And if your sabbath’s done

Then divine gifting

Is already yours

And if your sabbath’s an invention

Enjoy humanism-giving

In rest or play

 

In other words, the day is yours

The day is ours

 

C L Couch

 

 

Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash

Cheerleaders

 

Invocation in a Parking Lot on a Saturday in Spring

Invocation in a Parking Lot on a Saturday in Spring

 

I’m here

You’re here

You’re where I was

 

Even when I don’t know

Or might choose otherwise

Such is sin

You do better than the

French

And the Pimpernel

You don’t hide

It was Adam and Eve who hid

For vanity and shame

Pointing everywhere

But to the heart

 

Wake my heart, O God

Goad me to love, as you must

Because I won’t have it any other way

 

C L Couch

(drafted there)

 

 

Photo by Hendrik Morkel on Unsplash

Gelnhausen, Germany

 

Synesthesia

Synesthesia

 

Blue is a magic number

I know, Schoolhouse Rock fans

It should be three

And it is

But sometimes associations need

To take a second seat

In favor of new leanings

Today is Saturday

It’s orange

 

C L Couch

 

 

Petr Kratochvil (Website)

 

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