Friday, November 10, 2017

Persistent honesty

Persistent honesty                                                                                  

The monk’s cell is bare except for solitude. 
Plenty of that which I have shouldered

outside these walls my whole life –
marked by it, encapsulated, enisled.

Is it everyone, I wonder, or just me? 
Much like I wonder if there is not

at the heart of everyone, where the self stands
naked before its own illegitimacy,

an inherent antipathy yoked with a desperate longing
for that which is True; that which is Whole -

the solitude of the monk’s cell
and our impenetrable selves

merely the lonely, persistent honesty
of every beating human heart.   

O child of God, the self is built
of fallacy, reclusion and alarm.

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