Leaving room for disagreement

Isn’t the sameAs not having confidence in your position,Its recognizingThat the world is bigger than youAnd has people in it that may haveBetter and brighter ideasThan your own.The quintessential leaderWho always looks like they are in the knowAnd scorns at even the shadow of a doubtMay get our early supportBut if they can’t make roomFor […]

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The privileged ones

Are often not the onesBest positioned to see everythingFor what it really is-Like a person who’s never goneWithout light,Straining and struggling to seeIn the darkness,For their eyes are not accustomedTo the experience of thoseWho live in the shadows.Yet their privilege gives them powerThat no one else has,To change the order of things,To make the room […]

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The failures of others

Are not necessarily occasionsFor your withdrawalOr consternation,As though you were an inanimatePiece of paperYellowing under the unforgiving sun,Curling in on itself Becoming increasingly deformedAs though it had no choice.Unlike that paperYou are not obligatedTo bend into yourselfWhen you are in pain-Something beautiful can be madeFrom your trauma.The failures of othersNeed not define youNor be the […]

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Retail Joy

The promise of the retail storeIs that sitting on their shelvesIs the thing your heart has been yearning forAll along,All you need is cashAnd you too will be care-freeWind in your hairLiving your best life,But how much happinessCan you actually buy?There are hard limits to whatRetail joyCan really deliverAnd even its greatest offerringsFall far, far […]

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On comparing yourself to others

There really is no need.No real real obligation to do this.You won’t lose nearly as muchAs you think you willIf you just stay in your lane.The greatness of othersNeed not diminish your own significanceOr serve as a reference pointFor your particular journey.Your path is your ownFit-for-purposeFor the strength of your legsAnd the contour of your […]

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On putting our knives away

When things get heatedAnd conversations grow horns,Our hearts respond in turnBy coming dressed for the occasionBearing knives.Knives that are too easy to pick upAnd too hard to put down-Lacerations of the tongueTargeted jabs of the replyAnd the ever-threatening knife to the throatOf a sharp tone of voice.Its unfortunate that long afterThe final word has been […]

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We have become His poetry

From enemies and vagabondsTo lovers and trusted sonsGod has done a thingThat we will sing about forever,For He has penned a glorious stanzaWith our very lives,Weaving together seemingly random eventsThat converge to form a constellation of His mercies-Moments that made no senseSeasons so dark we lost our very selvesNon-linear paths that all led usHere.To His […]

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The gospel of trauma

Christ is no stranger to trauma,To feelings of abandonment,Deep sorrowAnd betrayal.He knows what is isTo cry out in the nightAnd get no answer,To be hunted and falsely accused.He is familiar with exasperating humans-Of being rejected by His ownAnd misunderstood even by His comrades.And most harrowinglyHe knows the painOf dying at the handsOf injustice.This faith we […]

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According to plan

We all know the great follyOf expecting things to goAccording to plan.But reality is hard to accept.It does not fall gently in our lapsLike an object we can manipulate,Speed up or slow downAs we see fit.We forget that we are just participantsAnd not the adjudicatorsThat we are a part of historyNot the authors of it.In […]

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