2015.09.28: return the child

Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” – Lk 9:47-48

 
i want to return to
the time of the child
when food, shelter, and love
was enough

the time before knowledge
of my nakedness
and inadequacies

the time before
expectations
from within
and without

the time before
what i wore
where i lived
how i travelled and worked
who my friends were
didn’t matter

the time
before anxiety
before fear of failure
before greed
and the need
to be the greatest

the time
when being the least
was enough

the time
when being a child
was enough

the time
when i felt loved
just for being
who i was

that was when
i was the greatest
and the closest
to paradise

i want to return
to being a child
again

please return

the child

2015.08.31: child reborn

Jesus said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Lk 4:22

oh, to be like a child reborn
to look upon all things again
with fresh eyes opened wide
to take in the wonder of the new
and the awe of the unknown

oh, to see like a child reborn
to greet everyone anew
without the learned labels
reaching out to touch all
who comes into vision

maybe then will i witness
the prophet sharing a cup of advice
the priest feeding the hungry many
the king walking empty handed
the Spirit of the Lord in the world

maybe then will i proclaim:
the Spirit the Lord is upon the world
“the Spirit of the Lord is upon me”
“the Kingdom of God is here”
the Kingdom of God is up to me