Jean-Marie Lee

The Blue Marble
Ca. 1972
image taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts on their way to the Moon

www.nasa.gov/feature/90-years-of-our-ch…

Here is the poem.

So lately, it’s talking to God
And it’s about loving everyone 
To love someone who thinks 
Too much, mentally crippling —a crutch 

We’re asked to love our neighbor 
We’re asked to love our enemy 
It’s like I finally understand 
Just how offensive I’ve been 

But then again if —I’m asked
Shouldn’t everyone reciprocate 
What if I shattered crystals
With a San Damiano exclamation 

What if I request expulsion 
Of darkness from a pendulum 
Attempting to decide my fate
Answering yes or no questions 

Consent and curtesy of requests
Please stop, begging you —please stop 
And who am I to judge 
When knowing a wrong is wrong 

So lately, it’s talking to God
And it’s about loving everyone 
To love someone who thinks 
Too much, mentally crippling 

Desperately seeking to fall asleep 
All I’ve ever realized to be 
Perfunctory claims as “known”—
I’ll probably believe that one’s 

Happiness is satisfying triumph
Prevailing tremendous hardship 
Never shamed into isolation 
Never unable to appreciate 

While questioning sincerity
May only lead to accusations 
And a peace offering shrugged 
Was better off in prayer 

I’ll take the wax —prayerfully 
Allowing it to burn —light another 
To burn a prayer —keeping vigil 
Serene chaos is merely peace

So lately, it’s talking to God
And it’s about loving everyone 
To love someone who thinks 
Love someone who thinks too much 

XOXO! JML


About Nicodimus— patron Saint of Curiosity

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicodemus


Wednesday, August 3, 2022