“Solace in Believing”


“Solace in Believing”

Solace in believing, rectitude in serving—
The balance in the cleavage there between collectives
And the single path—and in the brief electives
Shared by all a joy in moments of selective yearning,
Benchmarks of the solar year, at Thanksgiving and Christmastime,
Restraint and a slight refrain from something heard within the people.
Still the Philistines abound, their doorways pocked with pumpkins, evil
Omens spelling out the news that feasting, repetitious cognates that rhyme
With what it is is what the people want but cannot earn. And why, one asks,
Do the nations so furiously rage together, age-old riddles, questions
Put to test, the yeasts of what it is that hearts desire? Sage suggestions
In the council chambers, gatherings to mark traumatic tasks
Of timely need and potent joint considerations of the able:
All we ask is peace, and simple magnanimity at the table?


…photograph below of Dutch memorial to Holocause victims from Holland…

2 responses to ““Solace in Believing”

  1. Indeed, why is unity so elusive? I remember, when a boy, seeing the United Nations building and thinking: “Of course! What a fine idea… this is what the future will embrace!” (I also thought most of the cities would soon be covered by great glass domes… and hover-craft would replace cars). But, as you say, the nations furiously rage together. I suppose, sadly, the outer-world, finally, must reflect our inner-world: many I’s that have different and oft’ opposing aims… never unified by an observing steward. The UN reminds me of Whitman’s exclamation: Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.

    • To use your word “sadly” the “outer world” must reflect the “inner world”; we have no choice. In the singular, happily this is so and if it were so simple, no one need be so concerned about the others in the fray. But, again, “sadly” the collective cannot be so blithe. We are only as strong as the weakest amongst us all. To suggest otherwise is one of many seeds to genocide. It is by efforts made to forward the collective that we maintain the foundations of our own singular reality and not the other way around. I suspect that the critical mass of souls who maintain otherwise is growing and thus the confusion, even chaos within the nascent world-embracing institutions that have come into being with regularity since the beginning: the unities of families, tribes, cities, nations, and within our own time, the unity of the entire world Community. We obviously have work to do. In short, both singular and collective unities must co-exist and function as compliments to one another in a “contradiction” that is at once both frustrating and fascinating to any one of us alive in any given time or place.

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