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Pollock Shock

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Pollock Shock

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What is honest,

Anymore?

(people might ask

they might)

Is it when we cry in pain

From suffering?

Is suffering so honest?

No great art

Without suffering

Speaking to the vision,

I suppose

Michelangelo before

The chapel ceiling

Pollock

Before the floor

Art that changes everyone

Born from the pain of one

Or more

And what about beholders?

Do I understand,

Bring it close to heart/

To home

Because I hurt before

I see above/

Below,

Hear the music,

Touch the statue,

Walk the garden,

Smell the cooking?

A world of pain, they say

No other way to

Know magnificence

But through agony

Small pain

Great pain

Small art

Great art

I want to fight the premises

Argue them for

Ordinary time

Sigh

Maybe we have to hurt

Before even plain beauty’s

(leaf’s magnificence,

soup in the pot)

Understood

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Photo by Jené Stephaniuk on Unsplash

Part of the painting “Day Trip” from Jene Gallery.

Austin, TX, USA

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Missio

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Missio

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Oh, Lord,

Too many things

Are going wrong

And yet I’m here

You are here

Things could be worse

It always can be said

And it’s true

How precious are my things

Over someone else’s?

Well, they’re not:

Not to say that

I don’t count

Maybe it’s to speak

To the preciousness

Of things,

Which are not

But life, well yes, life

Matters

It’s what we have

And all we have when

We go to the other side

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So what matters?

Maybe nothing much

Except the spirit

Except that on this side

Of things,

There should be

So much less

Suffering

Especially the kind we can

Inflict on each other

Imagining

If we didn’t start so many

Wildfires

You know that most of them

Are human-made

You know

Amen

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Photo by Alex Lvrs on Unsplash

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Psalm 6

Psalm 6

Lord, why must the world
suffer? why must we
suffer? why must I? self-

centered questions but fair
for it doesn’t seem right
that in a cosmos of choice
if ruled over by you

that suffering should be so
intense or exist at all—why
is this so? well, of course
there’s choice, and it is

ours; it has to be
since we are not puppets
of the divine but must
make choices that matter

and so choice itself must
matter—with real form
and consequence

or else this is a game
and God must be a sadist

and it is not
and God is not

we have an open life
with liberty to choose

(and if not, then not: that is
the consequence
of the power lent the world—it
can be wondrous or horror-filled)

and that’s it, I guess: suffering
is real because it has to be

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