Another Day

Desiderata coffee mug
resting within reach.
Another day. Dashboard Jesus
looks out
across the 401.
Morning commute rarely fun.
GOD IS MY COPILOT
bumper sticker
signaling codependency required
to deal with the reality
of commuter traffic or life
in general. GO PLACIDLY
AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE
A need
to get to work
to get out
from under the weight of debt
and delusion. STRIVE TO BE HAPPY
Gas gauge shows empty. Faith tested
each turn of the way.
Luck is not something ever
to be counted on. YOU
ARE A CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE
Slave to a mortgage. Another day.
Another
baby on the way,
another car seat to take up space
in the rusted-out minivan.
SPEAK YOUR TRUTH QUIETLY
AND CLEARLY Who is listening
to the lachrymose fragility
of a man crumbling from the inside,
prone to depression and
insolvent insecurity. FOR ALWAYS
THERE WILL BE GREATER AND
LESSER PERSONS
THAN YOURSELF
Another day. A sense of dissatisfaction,
a failed duty to his Father,
his family, and hiding it all behind
the Holy book and a promise
MANY FEARS ARE BORN OF FATIGUE
AND LONELINESS He is tired of
not feeling the wealth
of spirit or enough love
for himself, let alone
the Lord. THEREFORE
BE AT PEACE WITH GOD
WHATEVER YOU CONCEIVE HIM TO BE
AND WHATEVER YOUR LABORS AND
INSPIRATIONS. Pray for the strength
to make it through
another day.

©2017 j.g. lewis

The deepest bow to Max Ehrman and his beautiful Desiderata, evermore prose that reminds and inspires.
And yes, I borrowed freely. Deep peace.

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