Friday, October 24, 2014

The Hell We Create


No angry God.
No fiery pit.
No sinners dangling.

The only hell
is the hell we create
for one another.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Table of Ideas


Everybody has a place
at the table of ideas.

Even bad ideas
can spark better ones.

We're smarter in community
than we think we are.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Which Fears


It seems that
every century
adds three zeroes
to what it takes
to be wealthy.

Millionaires
to billionaires
to trillionaires.

The numbers
don't matter, though.
What matters are
the fears that drive
the accumulation.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Service


We are all servants.

We may not always
see our servanthood,
but we are all servants.

Even masters are servants,
although it's harder for them
to recognize this.

The question isn't
whether we're servants,
but rather to whom or what
we give ourselves in service.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Neglected House


The greater the span
between rich and poor,
the thinner the floor
on which the wealthy play.

Like a neglected house,
collapse becomes inevitable.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Neighborhood


One does not
have to live
next door
to be counted
a neighbor.

Our neighborhood
is always larger
than we think.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Neighborly


Tolerant
neighborhoods
make a city grow.

Intolerant
neighborhoods
divide and conquer
until nothing is left.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Open Close


Open hands.
Open minds.
Open hearts.

Closed hands.
Closed minds.
Closed hearts.

Knowing
when to open,
when to close
is the work
of wisdom.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Straight and Narrow


The straight and narrow
is not straight and narrow.

No journey runs straight.
No path to truth is narrow.

The long and winding way
we've already come proves this.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What We Don't Know


The deaths we do not understand
are the ones that scare us the most.

From contagions to random violence,
we're victims of our own ignorance.

Death isn't what terrifies us.
It's what we know we don't know.


Monday, October 13, 2014

No Power


Wealth and power
have no power
over those
who truly have
no wealth or power.

What is left
to take away?
Only the spirit,
and the spirit
is only borrowed
for a time anyway.