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Leisurely Pleasures

Leisure:
Like retirement,
a feeling
achieved through patient paths
of health
and safety.

Pleasure:
A similar feeling
achieved through polypaths
of healthiest wealth
and risky win/win opportunities,
more actively curious
than passively patient.

Resiliently resonant,
leisurely pleasured
sensory awareness
we can no more be
with the same person,
in the same place,
at the same time, twice
Than we can re-enter
the same river twice.

Baptismal pleasure
is less about one time immersion
than full time rapture.

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The Pleasure Principle

I’m not sure what Freud’s Pleasure Principle is all about,
or was about Health and Safety;

Whether it’s in
or out,

Whether hedonistic
and narcissistic
or the mundane
secular
capitalist
corporate product
of efficient sexual therapy
and heartless entertainments.

Whether the Principle is applicable
only to secular masters
for optimal “sacred rights” experience

Or also accessible to sacred slaves
as our secularized vocation
to provide for our nasty property owners,

Whether it is the primary purpose
of capitalism’s efficient,
if ruthlessly competitive,
corporate monocultural deformation
into post-climax apathy
and cynicism
and cruel and unusual punishments,

Yet, somehow,
as I merge into this stream
of organic fossils
still miraculously refueling,

I am sure this Pleasure Principle,
Beacon of Health and Safety Bliss,
Paradise Pursuit

Could only be entered
by those wise enough to recognize
it is cooperatively
globally
multiculturally owned,
managed interfaith communion,
interdependently experienced
and multiplied

Into raptures
of organic/cosmic
internal/external climates
of and for personal
political
economic
ecological
theological
neurological win/win Climax

Of spaciated bilateral Time
dynamically equals revolutionary bicameral Space
in NonZero-Sum
open-holistic yet still emergent
equipoise waves
of self/other co-conscious
co-passionate
co-empathic
co-intentional
co-operative comm-union comm-unication.

Well,
thanks for sharing all that.

De nada;
my Pleasure.

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I Feel MisGuided

It feels misguided,
yet I do not feel misled,
to aspire to fame, measured in assets
and/or in power to influence others,
capital and social benefits
possibly acquiring famous
and infamous allies
in glorious success
and
ingloriously dramatic defeat
of naked front page stories.

It feels safer
and healthier
for resiliently wealthy outcomes
to aspire to unnoticed integrity
with other win/win healthy players–
neighbors earn extra safety points.
Finally,
or even partially, realizing
it is for this we are born
and yet belong already
sacred subjects more than secular objectives,
sympathetically with,
and compassionately of,
living Earth

Both humane naturally competitive interest
and divine spiritually cooperative
multicultural investment.

 

I might have once lived
on a planet
in an actively green multiculture
of Holistic-Organic Nature/Spirits

Green spiritual ecofeminist climate activists
are at least equal to natural red-blooded egopatriarchal
monoculturing
swelling sticks,
thinking in Lose/Lose nihilistic
ecopolitics
white privileged preferring
straight male trucker dialects
more orthodox and safe
than furry dark panthers
speaking in baritone deep passions

While sinking within our/their
capital-unnaturalistic Win/Lose
old school Theory of MonoCapitalistic Patriarchal Evolution

As if Earth were created
by a fascist monotheistic patriotic nationalist
and, of course, a courageous champion
of competitive win/lose rights
to choose “later” on the Climate-Loser side,
white western male monocultural disempowerment
of dominant Trumpian vintage.

Short term capital LeftBrain losses
deferred on out
into also now even longer
long
long longing terms
with degenerative ecopolitical trends,

Like borrowing
on our children’s evaporated corporate
win/lose capital-industrial-militarization
lose/lose anthro/theo/eco/ego/bio/neuro/zero energy
future degenerative naturally spiritual
restorative justice
seeking historic win/win amends

We might once live
on a planet
with an actively green multiculture
democratically formed
of Holistic-Organic Nature/Spirits
living on
and with
cooperatively-owned
communion win/win properties
of multicultural mediation
through full-six sensory
non-violently felt communication
non-pungent
non-nasty tasting
non-aggressive touch
sound
voices, inside and/or outside,
20/20 revolutionary sight.

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Prayers to a Trumpian God

I remember several prayers
to invoke God’s blessings on America
as a reminder of traditional political mindfulness?
Fundamental awareness of our economic investments
in win/win GoldenRule
positive social-psychological security.

No one “keeps”
or “makes”
this confederation of uniting states great,
unless we democratically cooperate with them
for mutually developing resonant resilience
through compassionate communication,
leftbrain polypathic truth
echoing right brain polyphonic beauty.

Invocations to sustain safety
suggest the U.S. is win/win safe now,
or implies concern that we are at win/lose risk.

We have,
over these past industrial-scientific centuries,
discovered ways to sustain ecologically healthy relationship,
to economically
and politically
and culturally
and physically
and mentally
and naturally
and spiritually remain safe
and unsafe.

We are each on a continuum of health v pathology
as individual egos,
as is each of our State ecosystems,
as is this Nation-identity
as a whole eco-political system
within an international interdependent natural/spiritual network
of compassion
or Business As Usual
capital-monopolistic competition.

“America” refers to two continents,
one to the north
and one to the south.
A U.S. safety and health security measure
may or may not be appropriate health and safety policy
and procedure
for this quartile of Earth.

Do you also fear and anger
about heading in an ecologically unraveling,
and therefore increasingly unsafe, direction,
more immediately for our coastal nations and, yes,
still somewhat united States,
struggling for healthy survival
of GoldenRule sanity,
remembered as eco/theo-logical GoldenAges past.

We would be spiritually safe
and naturally healthy for and from what
and why?
Tradition conservative minds,
both eco- and theo-logical,
tend to exegete the Preamble to the Constitution
and perhaps even the Declaration of Independence.

Here we read
we are united in healthy pursuits
of happy well-being prosperity.

We also read we are uniting with freedom
to articulate a multicultural relationship with God,
free of dominating,
power-over controlling religious-political constraints,
restraints,
threats,
retribution against personal regenerative hope,
judgments against eco/theo-logical healthy expression,
and economic leverages or divestments.

Uniting with and for and of freedom
includes no inquisitions for bowing to the East.
If we all did,
then God might feel the humor of AnthroCentrists
bowing and worshiping toward each Other’s rear end,
finding us good and proper,
invoking with our coordinated heads on Earth’s ground
this timeless time a full polyculturally wise day
mutually inviting humility,
win/win safety
defending and recreating
our cooperative economic-political healthy atmosphere.

Does separation of religious from democratic self-governance
international declarations and national constitutions
intrinsically grow tension with our desire to be safely connected
for resilient eco-political prosperity?

This national united democratic identity was,
and somewhat remains,
a radical social secularized experiment
tainted by commodified relationships
between inhumane predators
and dis-humanized human prey
become wealth-producing property.

Religious multicultural,
rather than monocultural and supremacist, institutions
compassionately intend regenerative self/other GoldenRules
WinWin perpetuation
toward safe and healthy co-governance
throughout Time’s ecosystemic/egocentric eternities.

ReConnection
ReLigion
is the nutritional stuffing of political powers over
and powers with,
powers under
and powers without,
empowerment and disempowerment,
investment and divestment,
inhalation and exhalation,
life and death.

Multiculturing a shared safe and healthy
politically powerful teleology, reason for being,
for becoming healthier and safer together,
is not ecologically equivalent,
is not educationally relevant,
to dumbed-down anti-spirited nihilism
against cooperative society
and polyculturally
polypathic
polyphonic
polyvagal
polynomial profound integral experience,
and for competitive economic and political win/lose systems.

We under-sell our political ecology
of healthy multi-enculturation
by purging ourselves of rightbrain interdependent win/win safety
faith and empathic trust in each responsible Other,
faith in Earth’s cooperative health
and multigenerational sustainability;

Bleaching compassionate faith out of public discourse,
especially public education in favor of restoring compassionate
eco/theo-logical interrelationships,
and most especially bleaching out of deep listening-learning mindfulness
health and safety
about our own uniting states of ecopolitical trust,
climates of winlose competitive mistrust,
learned anthro-centric distrusts
secularizing our positive natural/spiritual inter-faiths
and negative ego-ethnocentric prejudices
within our interior landscapes
and across the North and South American landscape
of a remarkably ecologically co-evolving history
for polyculturing,
creolizing,
dynamic-revolving nature/spirit transubstantiating,
Earth.

Such reified leftbrain science and education
can only predict closed-system
zero-sum entropy,
while nature-spirit deep learning comprehends
emergent open-systemic
co-empathic loves,
win/win integrity,
nondual cooperative truths as symmetrical beauties,
multiculturing evolution of Time
our regenerational
transgenerational ego-selves
within ecosystemically resonant
natural/spiritual bodies
nature
habitat
begun from EarthMother wombs.

May our multiculturing God
continue to bless all our North and South Americans
to love all our multiculturally healthy,
safe,
well-being,
cooperatively co-invested
EarthTribes.

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Taoist Skills

 

Yin listens for baseline safety,
absence of aggression,

While Yang speaks up
and out
for social
political
economic significance
without tainted infamy;
saintly synergetic
means not sinnerly energetic.

Yet ego safety
rests more likely yin flowing
in our autonomous insignificance
through resonant democratic choice-making
co-passionate Yang political health
economic wealth
worshiping sacred transcendence
of felt and needed EarthMother
and Her neighborly starlight
regenerating baseline health as safety.

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And Still We Search

I’ll be turning 68 this spring
and still looking for a health wealthy home.

This feels remarkably like a younger traveler’s game,
with less baggage
and furniture
and tools.

Embarrassing
for an ecotherapist
to be so Earth-habitat unrooted.

Not to indulge in self-shaming,
yet my youngest son,
dependent on EarthTribe to support him
because of physical and verbal dysfunction,
is especially threatened
by Dad’s disability
to seek deep and wide root systems
of affiliation
with natural and spiritual neighbors.

My support system
continues with good faith feedback
that every challenge represents opportunities to learn
and doing so keeps us feeling young,
flexible,
even springy,
optimistic.

I wonder how much older I would feel
if I had never left my family farm birthplace
in Michigan
where this nomad epic wandering
was first inspired
to run into young adulthood
on my own two strong legs
and back
and more orthodox mind.

Now more imaginatively stimulated
by heretical thoughts of a well-cushioned rocker
next to a comforting fire,
surrounded by neighbors,
people
and birds,
squirrels
and rabbits,
chipmunks
and woodchucks,
fox
and shy coyotes,
wild turkeys
and horses
and cattle,
sheep
and goats,
mother trees
and lilac bushes,
a blue lake
and a green alpine mountain,
a shade speckled rocky river…
And still I search
for compassionate companions
on this daily revolving journey
through Earth’s nutrition nurturing seasons
active and dormant,
light with rain and snow,
sometimes feeling far too fast
and sometimes anciently slow…

And still we search,
my son and I,
for yet another right place to go.

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Unbright Intellectual Snobbery

When I was in grade school
I was, already,
on my leftbrain dominant path
toward acting the intellectual snob.

This, in large part
my best offense,
my trump card, sadly,
against marginalizing prejudice
of our community’s non-farmer economic
and political Elite;

The few kids
whose parents went to college
and/or inherited some above-the-norm property
business, preferably not agribusiness,
professional service assets
even the most straight white male
would appreciate
like doctors
and nursing wives,
two income households
with academic bright credentials.

By the time I reached high school
being on, or at least within sight of,
the top of my class,
and president of as much political property as possible,
or at least vice-president,
became my trump card
for getting out of rural SWM oppression,
depression,
suppression,

Where I was not safe,
back in the 1960s rural midwest,
and I could never possibly matter,
become one of the local community’s Elite,
a pillar of church and state
while overcoming the guilt and shame
of being the queer son
of a below median income family farmer.

Intellectual snobbery
was my leftbrain overwhelming defense
against rightbrain amygdala loneliness,
extreme social-sexual isolation,
drowning in cortisol-baptized self-stigmatization.

Leftbrain dominant academic skills
were my best offense
for succeeding out in urban
urbane
multicultural
cosmopolitan
singing and dancing
democratically compassionate
win/win feeling and acting society.

The only healthy society
that mattered;
where I could possibly matter,
and become transparent
and vulnerable
and connected
and safe.

That defensive snobbery
still, in 2020 hindsight,
lives in my deepest closet,
longing for warmer
more inclusive acceptance,
invitation,
compassion

For right brain radical interdependence
with those of us,
regardless of income
and lack thereof,
regardless of self empowerment
and lack thereof,
capable of engaging
and energizing this tragic comedy
of small staged love lives,

Rural and urbane
Healthy and wealthy
Ego and eco-therapeutic
Left and right brained
Smart and warmly co-passionate
Proud and humble

Divinely humane
playing more win/win trump cards
through more cooperative co-investment.

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Taoist Covenants

May supreme Force
become You.

How is whiteness
like straightness?
she asked

And how is maleness
like left-brain dominance?
he responded.

It seems,
to usually curious
and always ancient
right with left dipolar ecofeminist Us,

Contracts are secular agreements
designed to improve mutual odds
of losing less value
as invested across degenerating time.

While Covenants
may be all that contractual business,
But also sacred cooperative accompaniments
designed to improve warm solidarity
of synergetically winning optimal values
empowering We,

Where
and when
PolyNomial We
equals interdependent PolyCultural Us.

Contracts hold ZeroZone transparent space for win/lose,
positive/negative
good/bad
life/death oppositional evolutionary/devolutionary
EarthInvestment/Divestment Trends

While Covenants expect overwhelming win/win opportunities
can be multiculturally rediscovered
redeemed through appositional dipolarities
co-arising Yang/Yin
EarthTrend egoLeft/ecoRight
cooperatively-held sacrifices,

Yang, past-informed
yet Yin, future-exforming flow out,

Voice inhaled as reverse un-versed exhaled,
Future as re-imaged response to win/lose
conversion into win/win freedom of imagination,
playing and gaming co-invested compassion,
fluid strength migrations,
polyphonic paths of rediscovery
into rapture’s sacred consciousness
climaxing polycultural out/in-comes,
where all values
are intrinsically positive
safe
healthy.

We more typically contract
to cooperatively resist
against a shared enemy
alien impoverished multiplication
diminishment long-division,
threat against long-term Elite LeftBrain resilience
within a resonant agreement of mutual asylum,
our win/lose silo of internal/external apartheid,
Climates communicating in and outside.

Sometimes
we creolize the colors and climates
of symphonic sacred sanctuaries
through cooperative invitation
within a safe and healthy multicultural-valuing space
relationship
vunerable communication of felt and thought co-passions,
Left with Right bicameral communions,
universally egalitarian salvation
through unitarian intersectional passions
for listening
noticing positive and negative climates
attitudes
verbalizations
embodied right-brain feelings
disembodied left-brain deductive/reductive thoughts

Longing for GoldenRule ecopolitical sanctuary,
green,
brown and black and tan and cream and white,
blue and red,
ultra-nonviolent integral compassion.

Asylums
do not challenge retributive justice norms
and values.
Except as also Sanctuaries, integral
sacred
multiculturally resilient
can restore win/win peace and justice models
of compassionate communication,

Especially as inspired by this post-millennial crisis
of Climate Fragility
fragmentation
degenerative trends of devolution,
now first seen and heard
felt and thought and touched
with 2020 pre-vision
provision,
safety,
nurture,
nutrition,
health-wealth.

How is whiteness
like straightness?
she, fragile, asked,

And how is maleness
like left-brain dominance?
he, fragmented, responded.

May Earth’s ancient Source
be with Us.

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Point of Departure

My time of promise,
before mistrust of parents
settled into growing fear
and grief into angry disappointment

Began with a visit
from a GreatHorned Owl
dying on our barbed wire fence

Announcing she would go before
but return for my time
to follow heaven’s departed promise.

But, my father responds,
Only straight humans sing in white evangelical Heaven,
And this planted my seed of doubt

A cosmic point
in bitter anticipation
of further adult atrocities to follow
in imaged flight

From this brief encounter
with natural and spiritual wings
I gradually developed internal witness:

If not ecologically necessary,
then not yet theologically sufficient.

Now,
still breathing,
singing and dancing,
beyond all reasonable health risks
of my own environmental history
in a new barbed millennium,
on the cusp of 2020 EarthJustice
left and right winged co-revision,

Heaven’s great-returned owl
revisits in near nightly dreams

Inviting me, and us,
to set aside anger,
to grab hold of more compassion
ego/eco-therapeutic communion
communication

Inclusion in Heaven’s climatic winning
ecologically wise theologies,
long incubating Rapture–
safe flight home.

 

I go back,
reversing imaged time
to when I felt
and knew untrammeled internal space
responsive within external
eternally immortal times
of Earth’s regenerative history.

For some,
again less fortunate re-imagining
with some conversing,
comparing rights,
contrasting lefts
hear no such winning exterior ecopolitics
with winning internal empowerment
and self-investment
since emerging from EarthMother’s
redundant DNA nurturing womb.

But, for a few,
a time of awareness
recalls a later conscious memory,
a time of courageous and curiously restoring justice
to those few relationships
showing early signs of uncreative anthro-centric tension.

These, unusually blessed
with resilient confluence,
may not recognize each wisdom-visiting other
and yet search for their potential bodhisattva peers,
returning to these childhood experiences
to remember slowly regrowing what went right
and vulnerably wrong
for restoring peace-filled justice
within and without
ego/eco-empowering tipping points,
wealth of healthy co-redemption

For all wombs,
their plantings and yieldings,
now still searching
through past generations
still incarnate in wombs
birthing future health-seeking regenerations.

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Safe Space

Am I safe now?
Are we safe?

Is it safe to listen here?
To speak of over there?

Is Earth safe to sing?
Safe to dance with?
Safe for new birth?
To spin past romance?

Does life matter
if no one’s noticing?
Remembering?
If no one’s vocation
is to sacredly listen?
while all creation refills silent gaps.

Are we safe now?
Reborn silent angels,
angels of light,
pushing back this dark night.

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