There is nothing about the Bible
That keeps the fools away.
You’ll find them in the pews
And pulpits alike, making their own use
Of what it says and doesn’t say,
As if they had every bit as much right
To do that as the wise have
To wrestle with the truth of it all.
We manage to see much, though not all,
Of the harm others do to us.
Yet we see much less of the harm
That we do to others.
And this raises the question
Of what we want to see.
I had hoped we could learn to pronounce nuclear,
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But discovered that some simply do not care.
I’m changing my pronouns from he/his to his/he.
I hope that everyone will honor my choice
Even if they think it’s really stupid.
I used to be in charge of just me,
But now I identify as one who is
In charge of everybody.
So naturally, you all have to do what I say.
And if you don’t, I will be forced to
Identify you as very bad people.
And you all know I can.
He asked them whether he had
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Become their enemy by telling them the truth,
And I don’t know if I’ve ever heard
A bombshell of a question packed
With more implications than that.
If children should be trained,
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Then let them be trained
Not only to shut a door
That ought to be shut,
But to do so without slamming it—
For both are delights in a weary world.
In my youth
When I thought I was clever
To see truth as a one-liner
I did not well understand
That there are indeed some truths—
And worthy ones at that—
That cannot be well stated
In but a single line.
He is wise
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That he swims at his own risk
Even when there’s a lifeguard—
James wrote this in 2016, at 13 years old—for Father’s Day, I suppose. I had forgotten about it until it came up in my FB memories. He comments on some things I had done quite on purpose. Glad it worked out so well!
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How difficult for the creature
To want to submit himself
To the will of his Creator—
And harder still—
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Having decided to want it—
To manage to live that way!