An Invocation

In the name of the Vanishing Corals and the Vanishing Bees;
In the name of the Dragonfly, Horsefly, and Firefly;
In the name of the Hummingbird, Robin, and Sparrow;
In the name of the Orangutan, Chimpanzee, and Bonobo;
In the name of the Frog, Turtle, and Beetle;
In the name of the Valleys, Rivers, and Streams;
In the name of Air, Wind, and Water;
In the name of the Dandelion and the Oak;
In the name of the Constellations and the Oceans;
In the name of the Destitute, the Immigrant, and the Refugee;
In the name of the Widow, the Orphan, and the Stranger;

I call upon Humanity to Awaken to its Best Self;
To Forever Abandon Hatred;
To Forever Abandon Cruelty;
To Forever Abandon Torture;
To Forever Abandon Greed;
To Forever Abandon Evil;
To Forever Abandon Mistrust and Paranoia;
To Forever Abandon Deceit;
To Forever Abandon Poison;
To Forever Abandon Prejudice;
To Forever Abandon Sexism;
To Forever Abandon Violence, against Self or Other;
To Forever Abandon Evil;
To Forever Abandon War;

To Abandon its Suicidal Path;
To Abandon its Self-Destruction and Self-Immolation;

And to Embrace its Destiny;
To Embrace Love;
To Embrace Oneness;
To Embrace Joy;
To Embrace Abundance;
To Embrace Celebration;
To Embrace Wisdom;
To Embrace Fellowship;
To Embrace Togetherness;
To Embrace Peace;
To Embrace Fun;
To Embrace Play;
To Embrace Healing;
To Embrace Freedom;
To Embrace Beauty;
To Embrace Truth;
To Embrace Creation;
To Embrace G-d;

To Treat each other with Respect;
To Treat each other with Dignity;
To Treat each other with Love;
To Treat each other with Care;

To Treat the Earth with Respect;
To Treat the Earth with Dignity;
To Treat the Earth with Love;
To Treat the Earth with Care;

Never Harm a Child;
Never Harm a Woman;
Never Harm a Man;
Never Harm an Animal;
Never Harm the Earth;

For the Earth is Your Home;
G-d’s Gift to You;
Do Not Forsake Your Home;
Do Not Forsake G-d’s Gift.

This Truth I share;
In a Dark Time of His and Herstory, of Ourstory,
Of Love’s Story.

Do Not let Love’s Story end.
Do Not allow hatred and fear to overcome You.
G-d’s Love is here today, Now, if you want it.
The Messiah is here today, Now, if you wish it.

“Return to Me, and I will Return to You, so Sayeth the L-rd.”

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Functions

Are people like functions,
getting called,
taking their arguments,
ultimately to exit,
yielding their return value?


Fruit

Once I bit lustily from the fruit;
until the shivering insult of rot
learned me to be cautious forever.


An Ode To :s/’/”/g

The string in my single-quotes
demands interpolation;
literalness assumed,
tedium threatens;
automation flows forth:

:s/’/”/g

the incantation remembered,
I sigh imperceptibly
as my variable expressions are manifest
and my output
is deemed satisfactory.


The Cauldron

You cannot escape the cauldron of being you,
time’s eternal tempest;
the stillness at its center
seduces us
with an elusive peace.


The Roach in the Shot Glass

Its spindly legs grope frantically
for an exit from its mysterious
translucent prison. The bottom
is familiar – rough and shaggy.

The perimeter is deception,
the illusion of freedom,
summoned from above by a malevolent demigod.
She, too, familiar.

What foul magic hath sealed in this crafty creature,
even with the air around it?

What sport of it maketh these alien adjudicators
as requital for its transgression;
daring to scavenge for crumbs
brazenly
in the light
just after lunchtime?