POEM: Getting It Together

I see tragedy in the world
Not as the enemy
To be retreated from
Nor as an accident
Captivating my perverse stares
Rather a musing
These puzzling pieces
Of my
Shuttered into a million pieces
In chanting invitations
Entranced overtures
Moving beyond words
As a gait way
To the presents
Of an unbroken whole

This is yet another poem about , a familiar theme of mine.  With all of the tragedy in the world, it can be difficult to have a light .  I often that I have to laugh to keep from crying.  This seems to me to be a basic choice of to bring to .  How should I orient my in ?  Staring at tragedy can become a perverse rubber-necking, like seeing a wreck that you can’t seem to take your eyes off.  My personality is built in such a way that I easily see the falling short of any given situation compared to some more perfect ideal, or even the being aware of multiple perspectives or that are equally , in some banal equivalency.  The former is a of .  The latter tempts infinite forms of , all leading the same place: nowhere.  Perhaps needless to say, I identify much more strongly with .  I deal with -isms all the !  For me, the decisive factor in choosing between and is a devotion to a positive outlook.  Great minds have pondered the tally between good and , and it seems that it may be a close call.  Some try to escape the question by believing that it doesn’t matter, that it’s all the same.  Of course, it does matter what we believe.  Some times believing is seeing.  I’m betting my that good is stronger than , or simply that I am going to try really hard to be on the side of good.  I see a major developmental task in life as sorting out my relationship with the One, which some may call , perhaps , or even .  This always takes place in context of the myriad of things, the many, the stuff of our everyday life.  This poem alludes to our hearts being shattered and shuttered into a million pieces.  The poem ends with the epic allure of an unbroken whole, or perhaps, within human capabilities, and of broken and estranged people.  The transition, the path, the opening between, mere and such a desired positive , is filled with invitations/overtures, most of which will go unanswered/unfulfilled, and movement beyond words to action.  This requires taking the lead.  This requires inviting people to be better when being worse seems much more plausible or practical.  This requires my own volition of acting better when being worse seems much more plausible or practical.  My best, most simple definition of is this: bringing out the best in others.  I have because it brings the best out in me.  May our highest hopes incarnate for one another.  Make it so…

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