For Those Who Weep Upon Awakening

We must teach our congregations

to quit delivering the sermon:

“If you have nothing else to be grateful for,

at least be grateful that you’re alive.”

This alone presumes, perhaps ignorantly

that all want to be;

that we are the same.

There are some,

a minority never small enough to be negligible

who have woken up

and, on occasion, wept

for the reason that

they have woken up.

For them, it is evidence

that they are praying to a fairy god father

who is selectively deaf

and won’t grant their wishes

to be permanently relieved

from the troubles of living

sans drastic measures.

Rather than tell each other not to feel,

we must begin to remind each other why we are.


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