In A Dog Lick Dog World
Are you feeling sad,
wanting your faith community,
to live more…
live more deeply…
live more widely…
Faithful to wealthy health, yes,
and I wonder if you are angry,
wishing for more enthusiastic RESPECT,
more Aretha Franklin listened to
and more explicitly understood,
On my worst days,
Most days and nights,
in time moving too win/win opportunity slow,
and too win/lose risky fast.
On my best days,
impatient with capitalism
as monotheistically worshiped,
yet also multiculturally curious about remaining hope
for reconnecting personal health
with eco-political wealth.
I’m wondering if I could doubt
my own gastro-intestinal intelligence,
and what Earthly ego would I be
without bicameral ego/ecosystemic balance?
Now I’m confused.
Can you help me understand
how what you are wondering about
responds to my feelings
and win/win faithful needs,
of which I was just now speaking?
It seems like a more elite,
empowered leadership circle
in your faith community
may have trouble appreciating the fuel
nutritional resources that listen quietly
and too tolerantly
too frustrated about win/lose communication patterns,
business as competitively usual
and leftbrain dominantly blind
to win/win nonviolent cooperative communion.
It feels like I am being cast
in the role of an ignored gadfly sphincter,
holding in all my compassion for healthy diversity
of theological ideas
and ecological experiences
and felt nutrition
seeking healthier contagious outcomes.
I’m feeling amused
about wanting to imagine
what your perfect respected sphincter paradise,
our nonviolent win/win communicating;
what co-empathic inclusive faith community
would look like
and sound like
and smell like
and feel co-invested
and taste healthy
I feel encouraged
when you express active curiosity
about my feelings
and needs for healthy community,
from violent red-blooded
I’m feeling resonance
yet struggling to actually connect
green restorative asylum
with concerns that “Man’s best friend.”
is a dogged species
no longer confident
our anemic human faith communities,
remain Dog’s best friend.
Now there’s a species that respects sphincters!