“BORN AGAIN” – AN INFINITE NUMBER OF TIMES

Childhood is the closest most of us will ever get to Christ –
On average, people, as they grow older, become harder, deader in important parts,
And increasingly brittle.

This demonstrates that we may also be moving in the wrong direction spiritually –
So, before we grow any older, we need to consider turning
And becoming more childlike in our souls.

We need to do this without giving up our lifetime of experience –
Retaining our hard-earned maturity.

The joy and light that, hopefully, will start growing brighter in us –
Eventually could even turn into the “twinkle” of a new-born baby –
A few older people have achieved this – think, for example, of the Dalai Lama
Or another mature person with this kind of sparkle that you might already know.

That would, of course, make one the most mature “baby” – ever –
Since, by that time, we’d have experienced being “born again” –
An infinite number of times.

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HERE COMES THE SUN

Growing old physically –
We start to fall apart
Which isn’t all bad
Since we gain opportunities to become more spiritual.

Our goal is the attainment of “wholeness” – or “holiness” –
Inside and out –
Accepting both the world and ourselves
Right up to the moment when we go crashing into the dark –
Which, God willing,
Turns light.

Do we awake when we die?
And, if we can accelerate this consciousness while still alive,
Mightn’t this bring us an even earlier “awakening”?

But what if we’re never able to find the “pearl” –
And what would be the consequences of not bothering to look?

Yes, it’s true that, as we grow older, we start to fall apart –
It’s natural –
But what would be “unnatural” is to become more loving
While, at the same time, becoming weaker, more stressed, and more helpless.

This would be like observing the sun rising up behind a dark mountain –
When we’re both mountain and sun.

POETS: ARTISTS OF THE SPIRIT

Poets used to write primarily for God
Or about the kinds of people who take long and dangerous trips in search of God.

Their tools were images and symbols that could “light up the truth” –
Truth that uninspired reason, by itself, wasn’t able to touch – much less attain.

I believe poets are ready to return to these artistic/spiritual roots –

Pouring out light into our contemporary darkness,
Displaying literary compassion to sustain people through their Trumpian confusion –
Along with uncovering intimations of a God hidden in plain sight
Behind all the materialism now drenching our greed-stunned world.

CELEBRATION

There are friends
Who, in reality, aren’t –

Then there’s the Friend
Who’s been patiently waiting for us to call.

But, because we’ve been so busy with the essential
Tasks of living –
Somewhere along the way, unfortunately,
We’ve forgotten how to celebrate “spiritually.”

We’ve been so busy “pissing into the wind” or
“Whistling past death” –
That we haven’t had the time to eat a single celebratory peanut –
Not to speak of that splendid wedding cake.

These days, we no longer take time to get spiritually “drunk” –
Instead, we’ve reserved that particular party for some anticipated “life” to come –
The one where we enter the door of death
And come out the other side in a spectacular display of angelic fireworks.

But what if this is the only celebration permitted
What if this the only “light” we’re ever going to enjoy –
Our sole existence –

Suffering and all –

What then?

TRUTH

The truth we’ve been searching for appears just over the horizon –
But, even though we’ve been traveling a long time,
We never seem to get there.

On the other hand, since the truth we’ve already attained
Is like daylight – we usually take it for granted –
Forgetting the previous night’s total darkness.

Truth is beautiful!
And gets more so, the closer we get –
The very approach is thrilling –
Whether as science, art, or attribute of God.

Once a person starts down this path
It’s almost impossible to stop.

Searching for truth is like reaching our hands and hearts out to God –
A goal one might sacrifice one’s “self” for –
Because, with both God and truth, dying to the “self” leads to direct access.

Reputation, wealth, and notoriety,
Mean next to nothing when truth’s come closer –
The best part, however, is that we’ll never reach any “final” possession –
Because there’s always more truth beyond what we’re, presently, able to attain.

So, truth, like God, is usually just barely out of reach –
No matter how avidly we’ve been following its light.