have you made a war out of your heart?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

have you made a war out of your heart?


have you learned your lessons as well as you could have?
have you poured yourself out entirely and made not a drop
of your soul an acid throw? have you given your mask away
a dozen times and shown yourself naked to the beloved? and if not
why not? the world aches for this sort of courage and you have failed
if you have not done any of these works

have you grown a garden of words and laid the root cellar full of your harvest?
have you gone out into the world and faced each lie with your sword and cut down
as much of that thicket down? have you made a war out of your heart? have you taken
down all those who would harm the ones who are powerless? have you been shield and cry?
have you done the good work? and if not why not? why have you not spoken up and given your blood
for the cause which is the cause of all of mankind? why have you not laid your life on the line?

the line of poetry the line of language the line of acts of courage?
why have you stayed silent while the homeless walked by your home?
why have you not spoken for the hungry? why have you kept quiet when we have been lied to?
why have you not taken out your soul from its burial ground and given it up in life to do the work
of love? I ask you this not to make you ashamed or restless I ask you this because I am curious
how can you let your children live and yet keep silent when their children die?

how can you do this?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

(for it is all about love)

say the words of love
to everyone you meet
and refuse hate 
in any form you encounter

do not wait 
for the other to say the words
be tender and say them
first  (for it is all about love)

and we are not to be shy
for isn't this why
your Christ died?
to say the words freely

to everyone of every estate
so that we are all contained within  one family?
and if you tell me the Christ child
excluded and refused anyone

I laugh in your face
he would never have degraded
love as men do now
all over the world

I say to you
that you are all
foolish Christians
for you have the words

and no acts
to prove the worth of your faith
you believe in things that
are worthless

and when you encounter
each other
there is nothing there 
but dust 

if you really believed
you would say the words
and if the words were real
and true

you would follow
the words with acts
that prove the faith
that you speak of is living and not dead

I say to you the words
and the acts are both required
or else you have nothing but dust
in your faith and in your homes

get out of these mausoleums
and go out in the streets 
where your Christ child lives
and do what you can

to save that child
when you have saved the child
then I will believe you are true
to the good book


that is used now as
a control mechanism
by all the fools we have hired in government
until then I do not believe a single word

that those in power say 
because the child is left to die on the street
until there is proof that you are for the child
why should I believe what you say?  I watch your mouth that opens and closes

and ignore the lies   here is the day 
rise out of your apathy and hate
and begin tentatively to say the words that accept
and include  the lost ones in the family of men  and begin the work today

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