Sunday, March 19, 2017

Divisions


After 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

One follows one
one follows another
one follows a third:

divisions, factions,
groups, sides, identity
defined not by oneness
but by self
by clique

factions click
in disharmony

It doesn’t work this way:
not spoon slicing meat
not fork scooping soup

oneness, together
not divisions, never

you are hostage to yourselves
be what you are
not what you do.


Photograph by Bobbi Jones via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

3 comments:

Donna Falcone said...

I love this, Glynn....
this is my favorite part, I think;

but by self
by clique

factions click
in disharmony


The last line reminds me of my son in second grade, fighting that inner pull to BE WHAT YOU DO - because he was one of those kids who was good at a lot of things and he felt overwhelmed by everyone predicting his career path based on what he was good at. One day he laid out a proclaimation: "MOMMY - Just because I'm GOOD at something doesn't mean I have to BE it!" I'm not really sure that his struggle is related at all to your meaning here, but I'm not sure it isn't, either. Identity is a tricky thing.

Beautiful poem, Glynn.

Glynn said...

Donna - thank you! And I like you're son's response!

signed...bkm said...

In todays environment this speaks so much truth...bkm