Dogs 2010

SHAKY GROUND
(1/13/10)


we
hear the news
from a world
away
struggling
to understand
the devastation

their world
ripped apart
along
with the lives
of their
loved ones

most of us
have never
experienced
such total
chaos

I know
that I
haven't

what should
we do?

send food?

send money?

send supplies?

our government
is helping

I know
that they help
themselves
to an inordinate amount
of my
tax dollars

assistance
by
association?

I don't know

I know
that my abilities
and resources
are limited
but
I can
say a prayer

it is
the same prayer
that I recite
in response
to proximate
calamities
both social
and personal

it is also
the same prayer
that I say
in response
to nearby
beneficial
manifestations

thank you
God

what else
is there
to say?

for every
building destroyed
there was initially
a consummate
construction

for every
disastrous death
there was certainly
a miraculous
birth

the fact
that we are here
to experience anything
is beyond
benediction
and comprehension

we should revel
in our experience
no matter
how short
or
how long

how painful
or
how pleasurable

for any
of us

for all
of us

yes

it is
simply

thank you
God