November 03, 2021


Lake Martin Cypress 10 02/04/2014 Oil Paint Reflection — Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Lao Tzu, the Buddha, Jesus...
the list is long of people
who spoke the truth
and had no impact 
upon the spirit of their times.

The spirit of their times
is Tao gone rogue.
Call it Anti-Tao.
It is balancing something.
Goodness, truth, kindness, mercy...
Too much of that 
and things go over into
living in some equivalent of the caves
from which we came.
Jungle tribes in the Amazon basin.
People living out their lives
on Island Time.

Peace and love don't get it done.
If you want it done,
you have to call Vito or Eddy.
They have what it takes 
to make things happen.
If you know what I mean.

I mean heart and heartlessness
go hand in hand--
or as close as it gets
with siblings 
who can't stand to touch each other.

How do we work it out?
Flower children and mobster bosses?
How do we live together?
Neanderthal and Cro Magnon? 
Heart and heartlessness?
The tenderhearted and the hard hearted?

Let me know when you find people
doing it as it ought to be done--
as it needs to be done--
Which would mean that 
they agree on what ought to be done.
On what needs to be done.

Give me a call.
I'm waiting.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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