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THE FARM, THE RANCH AND THE NEED FOR GOD

THE FARM, THE RANCH
AND THE NEED FOR GOD

Who pray to when the rains don’t come
who forget to thank when they do

Who curse when the John Deere breaks
and the cow jumps over the moon
(by the moon of course I mean
the fence to the alfalfa field)

Who in the long nights pondering
under the stars too cold to be suns
a word big enough for big

STATUES

STATUES

There is a St. Francis in our garden
with a squirrel at his marble feet
and a small bird on his shoulder

Under the big oak out front
a stone Buddha holds firm
his mudra calling for discourse
equal balance of give and receive

As a Christian in a Christian land
it would be nice to have a Jesus too

If only we could find one of him
holding a fish and a loaf of bread
in each outstretched unpierced hand

NINE ELEVEN 2006

NINE ELEVEN 2006

You get rid of bad habits
by replacing them with good

It may be the same with pictures

One hundred years ago
on September eleventh 1906
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
stood up before 3000 Hindus and Moslems
in the Empire Theater in Johannesburg

With Satyagraha – The Force of Truth
they pledged under God to defy an unjust law
without use of violence, despite consequences

I don’t want, or expect, to forget the lessons
or math and aftermath of September 2001

But I hope peace comes first to my mind
the next time the number comes up