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Pandemonic Hope

“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining”

I remember someone recently resaying
what has long lain unsaid
inside my paradoxical head,

When asked if I believe in God,
I don’t know what to say.

I might not believe in your God,
at least on my worst
pain-darkened day.

And,
I seem to believe in my own
only in those rare rain-free moments
healthy ego- and eco-gratifying

When I am having a climax heart
and head
song
and dance remembering
re-ligioning
reconnecting EarthMoment

Shared with at least one Other,
perhaps for our first through last time
in this
our day of sacred synergy

Sustaining
surrounding
celebrating a yellow morning
mellow sunrise
promising this wealthy day
without soggy rain

As we prepare to health harvest
warmly fragrant sun-dried hay
I quietly say

So, there is a God,
after all.

“And I believe in love
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God
even when he is silent.”

These two additional beliefs
feel like one Relief Belief
to my bicameral head choice
and heart voice.

For it has often been said
and felt
that God is love

Especially when
Matriotic HolySpirit of Love
doesn’t act like a Patriarchal Fool

And, by that,
I reference my own sociopathology
of privileged entitlement
monoculturally over-invested
in capitalist Straight
White
Earth Predations
Colonizations
Extractions
Rapaciousness

But,
my most courageous inscriptions
of whispering hope
often not felt enough
sacredly chosen silence
in spaces between
my LeftBrain dominant
distracting notes

Where my own AnthroSupremacism
falls vibrantly listening
to responsively hear
Elder MotherTrees
sigh
and breeze

Silently praying
for strong rooted
cooperative integrity

Within this organic Green Communion
forest of hands on
generating regenerous Hope.

Note:

Pandemonic Hope is part of a series of theological reflections offered to and from the All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Choir in New London, Connecticut. 

“Inscription of Hope” was composed for the Nebraska Choral Arts Society and Children’s Chorus by Z. Randall Stroope, in conversation with a Russian Folk Tune.¬† His lyrics are drawn from an inscription on cellar walls hiding Jews in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. Stroope’s own 1994 reflection on the significance of these words, in this Holocaust pandemonic context, “Hope was all they had to hold on to; hope was their only bridge to a brighter [nonviolently restoring¬†justice] tomorrow.”

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BumperSticker Salvation

I’m behind a dull white Chevy sedan
developing a lived-in look
while waiting for a greener light

With more than sufficient time
to read two rather ragged bumper stickers
in radical red,
relentless white,
and smoky blue.

The left side message
right in front of my resting wheel
reminded me of my waiting shame
that Jesus had to die
because of my personal sins
for which no one else
could even be partially
pulled out to blame

Only confirming
my bad-self flame
burning along with
a ZeroSum Win now
to delay Losing later
our all-in financial
and partisan lame game

Selling out to our competitive patriarchal
hierarchical shame
of predative corporate Christian Capitalism,
which is what remains
of Cooperative Economics
after squeezing all natural
indigenous spirit wisdom
out of wealth
is health optimizing life.

If only I were less selfish
and lazy
about mediating good-faith
healthcare co-investment cooperatives
as I move along
through each nonviolently communicating
day and night

Bringing me back to the bumper sticker
on my right wing
reminding me,
There is room left
at the Cross for me

Which immediately feels threatening,
ominously judged
and found collectively guilty
for my personal lack of faithful
healthy Soul,
big shortages in potential win/win co-investments
like gratitude for PolyCultural GreenHealth Communions
wherever I might stumble into them again
acting like We care
about health wealth resilient Us.

So, I’m tragically predestined
to climb onto the same rugged cross,

[and why is our cross always so iconically “rugged”
rough and primitive
ragged and wretched
manly and rapacious?
Why never graceful,
flexible,
poignant
transformative
potentially metamorphic
compassionate?]

Losing today
to maybe survive until tomorrow morning’s
StraightWhite God
declares redawning
punishing
timeless omnipotence
to judge all my tomorrows.

Yes,
there is a room for me
at the patriarchal foot
and the capital head
of threatening
punishing mortality
inflamed by oppression
of LeftHemisphere dominant
StraightWhite PatriCapital
anthro-divine individualistic
monotheistic supremacy

Worshiping healthy SunEnlightened humanity
by denying a wounding Cross
we have win/lose ZeroSum created
and recreate each day
between each nightmare
against sacred Earth’s polycultural communioning
reunioning
reweaving
win/win NonZero Soul
optimizing sacred Integrity’s
ecological
economic empowering
EarthWealth

Of a love so radically liberal
Jesus could get more democratically down
off our CapitalistCorporate cross

And then
I’m suddenly no longer behind a dull white Chevy sedan
developing a lived-out look
while waiting for my greener light.

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Masked Medical Missionaries

Not sure why
USA red
relentlessly white
and not so much blue WholeEarth patriots
have consistently
selflessly supported
medical missionaries
vaccinating against every unmasked
health threatening disease
erupting in tribal life
of darkest social systemic Africa

Yet fail to co-empathically embrace
basic
fundamental
win/win evangelically redemptive
bipartisan public health care
here in domestic
Straight White
USA Christian
flag-waving homes

Where live and breathe
our own at-risk children

And climate threatened grandchildren

And pandemonic RightWing denihilistic
degenerating public and private health prospects
for great grandchildren

Who might hope to survive
for more than another wealthy
humane-divine century

Sacredly meaningful
unmasked
transparent
and multiculturally vulnerable
co-empathic
polypathic
public and private
EarthBound health.

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Where is HOME?

Among several sublime
and subprime
sacred meanings
and secular purposes
for HOME,
in October Sunbeams
of BlueSky enlightenment
and GreenEarth empowerment,

Dennis Lehane’s HOME
refining peaceful stable minds
defining sacred communion
for unconditional compassionate love,
not intentionally unkind

I could not sync
with mythological
or ecological
or theological CONCEIT

But, could not find a replacement
until recalling indigenously wise
nature-spirited refacement
of EarthMother’s EcoRoom,
a regenerate matriarchal WOMB

Making peace for Here
Now sacred place,
until we disregard
dismantle
desecrate
and degenerate,
in AnthroSupremacist ways,
down toward MotherEarth’s TOMB
GLOOM

Extracted
cancelled
pathological HOME
of DOOM

Which maybe does say something
about mythologically epic
CONCEIT.

Note: This piece refers to

“Happiness doesn’t lie in conspicuous consumption and the relentless amassing of useless crap.  Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you and your ability to talk to them.  Happiness is clearheaded human interaction and empathy.  Happiness is home.  And home is not a house–home is a mythological conceit.  It is a state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love.

Dennis Lehane, in The Sun (magazine), “Sunbeams,” p. 48, October, 2021

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Sacred Music

Sacred music
is not a performance Thing,
an exterior-focused
ego-enhancement event
that expertly v nascently happens
to win/lose competitive
LeftBrain dominant Me

An individual
dissociated ego-identity
divorced from eco/theo-logically reflective
systemically interconnected We.

Music
muses and amuses
my resonant climaxing relationships
of co-passionate interior robust eruption
revolving voiced resonance
between and around robust WeMuses
forming and flowing
and resonantly reforming
our multiculturally cooperative constellations
of resilient resound,

Standing and dancing
to heart and mindbody sing
ring out and back in-between
Past’s wounding and healing history

Predicating Future’s PatriCapital transcendent
monotheistic Fracture
brokenness
sin
ignorance
AnthroDivine supremacism

And Future’s healthier promise
for growing,
feeding,
watering EcoPolitical panentheistic Yintegral Flow

Healing
restoring
bicamerally balanced intelligence
of nondual EarthTribes
indigenous
polyculturing past/future
multiculturing health/wealth

Left/Right Wing
Future GreenCommons Communion
interreligious
intersectional
interdependent
integral EarthHealth
MeWe Golden JusticeWealth
of and for
CoPassionate CommunioNation

A multiculturally cooperative constellation
of resilient MeWe-governing
win/win joy,

Like an often sun-quenched,
occasionally warm rain-drenched,
green cooperatively self-organizing
MotherTree led
natural/spiritual singing
ringing forest

CoPassionately Communioned
health/wealth
ego/eco-systemic
cooperative re-education Optimizing
regenerative systems

Are also not-not degenerating
bemused resonant Both/And health process
with and without sufficient resilient wealth
performing resonant
co-empathic progress

Polyculturing music
polyphonically flowing from Right
through polypaths strong syncopating Left
synergetically co-invested
in copassionately integral
resonant co-infestment
re-creating
re-membering constellations
of amusing health/wealth muses
Past through Future
copresent MeHere Space
WeNow indigenously Timeless.

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Hedonistic Hate

When we compare the numbers
and percentages of innocent,
trusting lives lost
in significant part because of Christian
militarized
capitalized
patriarchal
monotheistic judging fundamentalism,
punishing Afghanistan
and other Islamic cultures
over the past four or five decades,

To the number
and percentage of innocent
economically and politically trusting lives
lost in significant part
because of Moslem militarized
capitalized
patriarchal
monotheistic vengeful fundamentalism,
punishing the U.S.
and other NorthWestern Christian cultures

The outsized scale of human
and environmental casualties
in Afghanistan
does not redeem Bin Laden’s terrifying success
on 9/11.

But, this difference in chronic ballistic stress
does suggest why
a well-capitalized terrorist
was able to garner so much economic
and political support
from those already too familiar
with sudden
tragic
violent losses of family
and friends
on 9/11.

This is not to say U.S victims
and non-victims (should there be any)
asked for vengeful death
nor deserved such tragic
excruciating loss,

But
these same losses
may remind us
we, as a democratically healthy
responsible wealthy nation,
a polycultural society,
could have listened with more extensive
bilaterally compassionate ears
and mass mediated eyes,
to the rapacious horror,
loss,
trauma,
fear,
anger,
hate,
chronic anxiety,
post- and pre-traumatic stress disorder

Perpetuated by militarized
capitalized
patriarchal
monotheistic
dogmatic
RightWing
LeftBrain dominant privilege
elitism
supremacy
autistic autocracy
greedy kleptocracy
dissociative denialism

Doubt in cooperative polycultural powers
of global compassion
love
active and provoking hope,
healthy trust in win/win resolutions.

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Great LoveSongs

If I can say it,
but not sing it,
or even hum a resonant melody
that feels like it,
then perhaps my greater gift
is silence,
at least for now,
until toxic seeds
ripen into our healthiest
resilient,
harmonious,
fertile wealth.

So, sing to me,
divinely doctrined Missionaries
and patriarchal Terrorists
offering personal
individualized
autonomous salvation
swept into heavenly soprano Paradise,

When
and where
and why on Earth
does God hum
and Goddess ooh,

“Partisan dissonance is healthy”?

Or, in reverse,
Cooperatively sung
re-connecting
re-ligioning harmony is
economically
or ecologically
or theologically
or politically
or psychologically
or socially
or religiously pathological,
unrailed,
derailed,
demonic.

Isn’t Holy Spirit resonance
of co-invested cooperative compassion
chanting
and channeling just the opposite?

In Her organic EarthTribal Golden Rule
Resonant Ratios
Golden Rings flowing
glowing
all-encompassing Holistic Elixir
of vibrant vibrato faith?

Filling our bilateral ears, hearing
what eyes see conducting nonviolent change,
mouthing tastes of sweetness
and bitterness,
saltiness
and sourness,
majors
and minors noticing
what nose natures comparatively smell,
feeling surrounded
by outside touching
operatic transformations,
large and small stage colonizations,
intricately performed fugue creolizations

Peacefully listening with diverse equanimity
integrity
dignity
unity without uniformity

Feeling quality of healthy v. challenging sound
resounding societies and astonishing cultures,
polycultures and monocultures,
democratic and autocratic tones,

Giving positive and negative voice
to dogmas and creeds,
dramas and greed,
nuts and seeds,
breeds and feeds,
thoughts and deeds,
intentions and bleeds
divine pleads and humane heeds

Regenerating active just investments
and peacefully rejoiced infestments,
secular passion
and sacred Out/InTegrity,
Above/Below harmony

EitherNature/OrSpirit deductive
verbal LeftBrain tools
BothSecular/AndSacred inductive
Golden Win/Win Holonic Paradise
pools and schools
of indigenously wise profound.

Discord grows LeftBrain dominant
military-industrial
Win/Lose ZeroSum
enslavement to competitive over shouting,
to over extracting,
to monoculturally extinguishing
healthy harmonious
resonant
blue/green theo/eco-logical
sky enlightening radiance
Earth empowering cadence
bicamerally balancing integrity’s pleasure
promise

Reducing anxious traumatic stress dissonance
of win/lose anthro-supreme overshouting
by anticipating harmonically inspired
win healthy communion
to win wealthy call outs
chorused shouts

Alleluia
ending GreatLove songs,
Ohm
and Amen,
oohing
and humming sacred grace

Missioning terrific peace
well-sung
more than terrorist colonizing war
unstrung.

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Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky

Touching Earth,
reaching sky.

I walk salt shores
where all Souls fly
over joy’s ocean,
under sad bad lands
my faith in quests
we could understand.

Touch this Earth
to feel our sky.

Wise fools ask
our reasons why,
In glad lives
our answers glow,
in sad love
we learn to grow

To heal our Earth
and teach this sky

We are born
while I shall die,
Life’s my time for in between,
to build you a star,
to chase our dream

Touching Earth
while feeling sky

Hugging laughter
feeds my cry,
May I see
what we can give
for future’s child
to sacred live

We touch this Earth
to reach light’s sky

Soaring courage,
healthy high,
All Souls joining
in Earth’s flight
to touch Her right
I reach through night
for love’s last
last
last splendid sight.

This variation on Grace Lewis-McLaren’s hymn  (#301, Singing the Living Tradition) is dedicated to All Souls-PlanetEarth, especially New London, on the occasion of our Great Return, September, 2021.

Gerald 0’Liver 

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She Didn’t Mean to Play

What Earth didn’t mean to say:

Being pro-life
is like being against
matriotic health
and/or wealth.

Denying communion
for supporting maternal rights
to unhappily choose abortion
is unlike denying anthrosupremacist sacraments
for ecopolitically supporting MotherEarth
traumatic last-rites
to choose globally inclusive Ecocide.

War and fear mongering
are more effective,
more powerfully frightening,
than peace is compassioning,
more empowering healthy
and enlightening wealthy.

Moving on from thinner sympathy,
where healthy wealth is dissonantly fading,
to impassioned empathy
of economic
and politically profound commune-ication
ideation
is never poly-entheistically compassionate,
co-investment easy to cooperatively
sacred vocationally
compassionately accomplish

Outside v Inside
in polycultural full-spectrum worldview healthy
integral wealth creolizing patriarchal
capitalist
monocultural purposes
could not remain
LeftBrain dominant over-rewarded
win/lose reductive
Either/Or deductive dissociated
from ecopolitical ZeroSum scarcity
of transparently anthrosupremacist
win/lose traumatic bare survival experiences

By squeezing
and raping the regenerative life
out of BlueSky/GreenEarth matriarchal physicians
indigenously spiritual/naturally experienced
Yintegrally/Yanging harmoniously about
ecofeminist WholeEarth health-interdependent contexts

Cooperatively co-invested
in Open WholeEarth regenerative wealth
is health
bicameral worldviews;
not so much nationalistic

Is not so much
cooperative tribalistic
NonZeroistic Realistic
RightBrain Trust is Beauty
proven sensory-neural systemic development
resiliently and integrally
beautistic metaphysical
EarthHealth science
re-ligioning Wealth
non-ecosadistic statistics.

We search for secular need for purpose
in our Truth thoughts
to uncover want feelings
for ego/eco-therapeutic
sacred Beauty
polypathic meaning.

We search for secular need for purpose
in our Truth thoughts
to uncover want feelings
for ego/eco-therapeutic
sacred Beauty
polypathic meaning.

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Speaking of Common Goods

What I wanted to say
the other day
when exalting healthy kindness
for potentially freeing us
from Straight White Men’s great meanness

Costing Earth’s Green Commons
and charging disinterest against
co-investing in healthy wealth
of all we cooperatively cherish
as good-wellness humored
for me
and win/win curious We

Surpassing them then
now here
and future well-humored there.

What I had hoped to say
and would have said
had I felt less concerned
I had already bled too much
and listened not enough
to you here YangNow voices
also listening for YintegralHere choices
of those long, yet immortally, dead

Classic classless classy prophets
of Goddess Earth’s climatic doom
sometimes fear-mongering,
too seldom cooperative kindness managing
Mystics of multiculturing
inter-religioning Creation’s kind absence
of permanent
monotheistic
LeftHemisphere capitalist gloom

Dark nights
predicting dawn’s healing brights
LeftBrain universal kindness thoughts
enlightening
RightMind unitarian nonviolent feelings
empowering

Two appositional
dipolar co-arising world views.

I would have more concisely spoken up and out
for Earth’s health and safety
optimizing our Polyculturing Communion,
positive Political Correcting
Common GoodHumored Good

Got the godly goods
with more catholic unitarian focus
on Pope Francis’s
Principle of the Common Good
(#156, Laudato Si’)

Might playfully confront
his internal intuitively wise Pope Franny
commonly and goodly,
healthy and wealthily speaking
of kind and kindred sacred ecology
inseparable from the notion motion,
and ecopolitical win/win revolutionary commotion
of Earth’s Green Common Good

RightWing seen and heard
through a dualistic Either sacred Or secular
evolutionary assumption
our best competitive nationalistic win/lose zero-sum right
to upper caste Patriarchal/Capitalist scarcity
promotes humorless defensiveness,
hoarding
un-encyclical anthrosupreme
nastiness.

And yet,
in a still small bicameral voice,
co-empathically sensed
as EarthMother’s ecowomanist choice
Polycultural Communion
invites a more positive win/win ecology
of politically correct kindness
free
and freeing.

This deductive Left and Right inductive
health wealth safety
synergetically speaks well-humored
scientific/aesthetic
Truth/Beauty CommonSense,
a central synergy
and interdependent integrity
Principle of EarthWealth Justice.

With a bit more timeless moment,
we could have,
and yet remain feeding
still eating from too gladly shared
Earth’s Common Health/Wealth Good

The exponential NonZero Sum revolution
of WinLeft/WinRight reconditioned evolutions

Invoked by pro-life ecopolitical co-investing groups
and our cooperative
UniversalLeft/UnitarianRight individual members
co-empathically co-enlightening,
thoroughly embedded nature/spirits
not so frightening,
empowering health green curious Common Good
access to our own
Polycultural Communion
positive humored fulfillment brightening

Not at mean expense
and exorbitant StraightWhiteMale
LeftBrain dominant disinterest
repressing hypocritical bad-humored faith
defiantly disenfranchising future EarthTribe regenerators,

Health positive prophets and mystics,
internally organic oceanic ecopolytheists,
with great health/wealth transitioning potential
through PolyculturalCommunion
shared kindness narratives
and not so much controlling PatriarchCompeting Win/Lose
me meanness Degeneration Stories
of coming Lose/Lose disinvested unhealthy futures

Death of PolyCulture
dual Left/Right dark
nihilistically sardonic
excathedral Papal Rapturous
eloquent uncatholic elegance

Unable to see ourselves drowning
in PatriarchalCapitalist
sacramentally scarce
unkind and meaningless
humorless
ego/eco-baptismal waters.

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