church and state, cursebreaker, ornate frame, palm sculptor, caterpillar greed

Poem Strings

-saiom shriver-

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If God is omnipresent
if God is everywhere
if the sun pours light into
each point of the air
then to attempt to separate
God from the state is
vainly to try for a
spiritual lobotomy.
After castles and forts
have fallen, after tanks
have rusted away,
God's many kinds
of shrines remain.
Footnote: this is not an
endorsement for any theocratic
state... whether one in which
Sharia, or Mormon
in historical Utah, or present
day Israel, or the established
Church of England...dominates, but
the right of everyone to speak
his own prayer.


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He who guided the
sea to carve the caves
who causes fruit trees
to drop for-all alms
has sculpted unique lines
in each person's palms.

footnote: A man complained to
Sathya Sai Baba that his lifeline
was short. Baba patted the man's
hand. He looked at it and saw
that his lifeline had been

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God enables the
greed for leaves
as fuel for cocoon
from which
the entombed bug
will a resurrected
body receive.



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Make life better;
don't make it worse.
By forgiving,
release every being
from each curse.



Forgiving does not require that one

interact with a negative person,

but to send him or her light.


God of all
break all curses now and forever.

Sri Yukteswar: 'the explosive
vibratory power of speech'

Lisa K: Do not tempt fate
by speaking such words


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A too ornate

gilded frame

detracts from the

painting flame


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Secular Butterfly

A butterfly came floating by,
mocking the caterpillar's crawl.


"Your slowness makes you food for birds,
you'll never last through fall.
The time it takes to eat your leaves,
brings death upon your door.
My brittle wings make me elite,
you're destined for the floor.
For only if you knew my ways,
The joy that life would bring.
Your simple nature curses you,
Your sorrows I must sing."


The caterpillar lifts his head,
and says unto the sky,

"I beg you for your mercy lord,
I love the butterfly."


The butterfly looks down below,
and utters in return,


"You're wise to put your faith in me,
you still have much to learn.
You have no need to worship me,
and keep your simple plan.
It only labels you a fool,
care not how life began.
It's true I'm free to roam the earth,
not waste my time with you,
but I want to save your life,
by changing what you do."


The caterpillar shakes his head,
and says to his new friend,

"It is not you I'm talking to,
but my savior 'til the end.
Until you know how life began,
your ignorance is bliss.
Until you know your vital source,
your purpose you will miss.
I'd take this time to talk with you,
and teach you His good word.
Your focus stayed with me too long.
At least you fed that bird."

Author's Notes/Comments: 

I'm not very religious, but I respect religion as the foundation of free societies today. Without the foundation that religion spent centuries creating, we would not even have the freedom and comfort to be so anti-religious today, as many secularists seem to be. Therefore, while religion may not work for you, I caution you to respect its awesome influence on humanity, to prevent destroying what it has worked so hard to create. Without the caterpillar sacrificing his life, there would be no butterfly.

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