Saturday, January 17, 2015

Even to ask

Even to ask

Prayer is the start of detente,
a tete-a-tete, a turning away

from the cheap, the shoddy;
the opportunist, the scoundrel within,

drawing nearer to the purity of the Source.
But, comes the day, o petitioner,

when any request or suggestion
is a grave faux pas,

an attempted undermining,
a sundering of faith.

Even to ask for virtue or liberation,
even to ask for the sake of others.

Even to ask ... is a violation
of the most delicate, flyweight,

prayerful and paper-thin arrangements
between illusion and Truth,

lover and God;
separating the rare truly faithful

from the scheming, frightened,
manipulative crowd.

O child of God, your intended destination?
You can't get there from here.  

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