November 22-A, 2022

Tupper Lake Shoreline 03 09/29/2014 Oil Paint Rendered –Adirondack Park, Tupper Lake, New York
Of course, there is duality! 
It is our place to blur the edges.
To reduce the contrast.
To create "Both/And"
out of "Either/Or."

The opposites are essential
just as they are.
The contraries work together
to produce balance and harmony.

Balance and harmony aren't just there!
We bring them into being!
By bearing the pain of contradiction,
like the Buddha under the Bo Tree,
and Jesus in the wilderness
and in Gethsemane.

We are the ones who produce the blend
of "Thou Art That" and "Neti Neti,"
or "Neither Thou Nor That!"
Bearing in our own bodies
the mark of the cross of polarities
that are as real as death and resurrection.

The Buddha knows what I am talking about,
and Jesus,
and Hester Prynne,
and Tevya...

The List is long.


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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