One Way: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire

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After years of indoctrination

In which there was always a way

that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof is the way of death*

Aching eyes of my heart saw a deeper truth in these words:

that the way that judges the rightness of a way leads to death of the spirit.

So, I left the Country of One Way and lit out, like Tom Sawyer, down the river.

Took out of that river here in a messy place:

The Country of No Right Way.

Our borders are semi-permeable to our beloved neighbors:

The Country of No Wrong Way.

Our patron saint is Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad, beloved Rumi.

Among other crazy things, he stands on mountains and out in deserts and spouts craziness:

“Out beyond the idea of wrong doing or right doing,

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Having made that tryst, it’s natural to desire to live in that field.

But in the Land-of-no-right-way-and-no-wrong-way,

the living grayness is shaded and variegated.

it is striated, secularized, homogenized.

Without constant, unceasing vigilance,

the grays subtly become the new

right or wrong.

There is a way that seemeth right…and if black and white don’t grab us

shades of gray may suffice.

* Proverbs 14:12

This poem is an entry to the Totally Optional Prompts weekly writing invitations. This week’s topic is ‘One Way’.

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