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Sunday Morning Training

She says she tries to be both tender
and challenging with herself,
to fall less,
to dance more,
to help others fail less
and athletically prance more.

As she drives past the library,
closed for Sunday liturgy,
she sees the Seventh Day Adventists
on the front corner
with their sign
large enough for motorists,
“What is TRUE success?”

Although understanding this question
is rhetorical
with a dogmatic answer
readily at hand
for those with more adventurous
challenging responses
and dialogical interests,
she honks her tender feminist horn
and shouts out to celebrate
“HEALTH!”

White Adventists
turn darker red
and reply
“Not HELL
but Heaven,
each day on Earth God’s patriarchal Sabbath,
for those with eyes to see Trust
and ears to hear Truth.”

“Not HELL,” she returns
while pulling over;
“Health is true success.”

“What about spiritual
and politically empowering success?”
the sign-holder challenges
without much obvious tenderness.

“Mental health
is spiritually empowering health,
at least in my experience.
And yours?”

“I may see your pointedness.
But, what of true economic success?”

“Cooperatively invested financial health.”

“Religious and cultural success?”

“Natural/spiritual synergetic health,
or so it seems to nondualistic
tenderly challenged me.”

“If health is success,
then what is wealth?”
in your challenged tender pathology,
heading toward Hell.”

“You are among those
who segregate sacred sabbath health
from secular business as usual wealth,
in an unhealthy bipolar nature v spirit way
I fear,
without intending blame or shame.”

With your same bipolar challenging division
you could also choose to hear
dipolar tender invitations
in-between hell and heaven,
secular wealth and sacred climate health,
natural informing spiritual questions
like, What is TRUE success?

As she pulls away,
tenderly upward
and challenging onward.

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