Monday, October 7, 2013


And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. Matthew 8:28-34


Let me sleep a little longer
lingering in the morning mist
too must twisting and turning
so much goodness is so exhausting.

We get used to our familiar nests
no mattered how infested they may be
we like our own mess and squalor
and don't like anyone disturbing it.

They were our raging crazy men
our gargoyles, our living fortress
they protected us from all outsiders
and we enjoyed the fruits of their illness.

Taking away their illness and demons
we are left undefended from our own
light is shining on our disease
we want to hide and be let alone.

God's light reveals more than we wish
the darkness and festering is familiar
ugly and oozing in the reflected glow
we are frightened by our own failings
and wish to see no more.

God's light lingers through it all
despite our best efforts to extinguish
love will bind staunch the flow and bind us
until we are made whole again and again.


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