POEM: Hell In A Handbasket

I would rather live…
In a trailer
That proverbial mobile homme
Seeing stars when roofs are razed
And nothing but realty at my back
As of is
As I am
Looked down upon
Wading patiently fore that noonday star
When every real calls it a day
…Than exist
In a fool length feature
That mansion of a handbasket
With mirror interior decorating
Magnificent all the same
In funhouse pleasures
Overlooking up
In efface of the bottom of men’s soles
Knowing not what frees us

Foolishness and look different and produce different results.  Better to have a well spent than merely saved.   often mistakes comfort for , a grand foolishness.  High and high are virtually indistinguishable.  As the addled adage goes: winning is everything.  Wise souls are far too ardent and encompassing to abide only within the defined by one and one generation, one place and .  Faith Trumps Skepticism PEACE BUTTON is necessarily counterculture, precisely because it seeks to move that , any , to a greater .  Acting within such a greater , not yet carrying the day, perhaps even amid night, often appears .  Acting “as if” something is true is an we all face if we want to be more than what we are now, if we want the world and the by which it acts to be more than what they are at any given .  Suspending disbelief is part and parcel for acting to perform its human artistry, and all of the world is a stage.  There are great truths in stories that never happened.  There are great truths in lives whose stories are bigger than one can live.  Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase. MLK QUOTE BUTTONAbout now, the postmodern brain must choose between serving only that within its reach or venturing to that the compasses.  Fools are conventionally portrayed as having an addled brain, which is infinitely better than having an addled .  This poem compares wholehearted living with merely existing — whatever the sum of our daze.  A to be viewed as a fool by the conventionally wise may very well be the difference between and .  Fools invite others into a better possible world, however improbable, not a theater of the absurd.  Typically, others are busy doing something else, absurdly similar to those around them.

In contemporary times, live theater has largely been replaced by movies [dead theater?].  This poem compares living, in a movie trailer, to merely existing “In a fool length feature.”  And as we all know, movie trailers are quite reliably better than the full-length feature.

FAITH is greater than FEAR SPIRITUAL BUTTONOne of the great dramas on ’s sufferings, unfulfilled longings, and doubt versus suspending disbelief is the story of in the .  As the ever-hopeful person that I am, I was reminded of  11:17 “ will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.”  Such !  Here is the whole chapter, as the lineup of doubters ’s enduring :

Are all these words to go unanswered?
   Is this talker to be vindicated?
Will your idle talk reduce others to ?
   Will no one rebuke you when you ?
You say to , ‘My beliefs are flawless
   and I am pure in your sight.’
Oh, how I wish that would speak,
   that he would open his lips against you
and disclose to you the of ,
   for true wisdom has two sides.
   Know this: has even forgotten some of your sin.
Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
   Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than the heavens above — what can you do?
   They are deeper than the depths below — what can you know?
Their measure is longer than the earth
   and wider than the sea.
If he comes along and confines you in
   and convenes a court, who can oppose him?
Surely he recognizes deceivers;
   and when he sees , does he not take note?
But the witless can no more become wise
   than a wild donkey’s colt can be born tame.
Yet if you devote your to him
   and stretch out your hands to him,
if you put away the sin that is in your handYou will not enter paradise until you have faith, and you will not complete your faith until you love one another. Muhammad quote PEACE BUTTON
   and allow no to dwell in your tent,
then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
   you will stand firm and without .
You will surely forget your trouble,
   recalling it only as waters gone by.
Life will be brighter than noonday,
   and darkness will become like morning.
You will be secure, because there is ;
   you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,
   and many will court your favor.
But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
   and escape will elude them;
   their will become a dying gasp.

May we awe find, life during whatever daze might be .

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