Please

PLEASE

I beg you
Brothers
Sisters

If you have yet
The will
Unblock yourself

Overcome
Your unexamined
So-called patriotism

No more than a convenient
Comfortable and safe disguise
Masking a barely unacknowledged fear

Feel that fear a moment
That fear – Of the Other
– Of the Unknown

Of all them those Out There
All Them those out there
All Them in here

Breathe in
Breathe out
Release

Breathe in
Breathe out
Release

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About Ben Naga

Pilgrim on the lam. Please feel free to explore the links to learn more. I trust you will find some things there will have been worth the effort. See you there.

Posted on November 27, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. It takes courage to feel the fear and not feed it/react to it, don’t you think?

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  2. Paranoia strikes deep…

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  3. Yes, this condition is ‘something else.’ I think the prevalence of social media really brings the crazies out of the woodwork. It’s appalling, really. But real enough.

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  4. I don’t really understand the American political environment. The greatest fear mongers and angry, angry voices have really no reason to fear nor any reason to be angry. What do people like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, or Ted Cruz have to be angry about after all? They are all part of the most privileged, indulged class on the planet. Their followers are often not threatened in any way that I can understand. People whom government is helping the most sometimes seem the most angry at government. While we lived in New Mexico our neighbors, three of the most wonderful women you can imagine in many ways, hated government even though they were totally living on government programs. They linked it somehow to their Christianity, although how helping those who need help would seem to be in line with Paul’s thinking especially, not to mention the peaceful words of Jesus Christ. I have a highly educated man married to my cousin who is absolutely disgusted with me because I believe science and have a degree in Environmental Policy and Administration and can read the data that justifies climate change. He has taught Agricultural Science for decades. He is aggressive about his beliefs. I do not claim to be a genius by any measure, especially not at this age, but the common good seems to me to be a central message of all religions not perverted by violent interpretations that avoid the sense of sacred texts. I think theologians like Thomas Mann and Matthew Fox, the defrocked Catholic priest, in their studies of world religions found a core (Fox called it a river) set of beliefs running through all sacred texts. In the United States still, there are political actors who claim to see a War on Christmas and Christian martyrdom even while they practice their faith is complete security and freedom — unlike the people who run health care centers for women.
    And it’s all, as you say Ben Naga,
    …unexamined
    So-called patriotism

    No more than a convenient
    Comfortable and safe disguise
    I probably need to:
    Breathe in
    Breathe out
    Release

    Breathe in
    Breathe out
    Release
    Such a long response to a poem.

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    • i could write a great deal here, but I shan’t. I’ll simply say that I put a lot of the blame on TV and the schooling (rather than education) system. I spent some time working a companion piece expanding on those thoughts but in the end I decided it wasn’t a poem at all, just a polemical outpouring and deleted it.

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