Cross yourself – routinely,
in whatever form customary –
puja, zikr, mea culpa;
yarmulke, psalter, prayer,
kusti, damru, nembutsu, suf . . . .
Cross yourself – quietly, discreetly;
go against the grain.
Apply deeper wisdom,
a farther vision, visceral caution.
Keep your balance to help
balance the world around you.
Cross yourself, o traitorous one,
and you may find after so long a time,
crossing yourself befriends the Friend –
befriends the Other, the One,
befriends your Self.
O child of God, give only advice gingerly
gleaned from the words of the Master.