Learning to Look


Deborah Beach Giordano
© June 16, 2010

We watch too much television,
and see too many movies;
we spend too much time
with our computers;
we play too many games,
download too many apps;

we text and tweet,
Yelp and blog and bleat
far more
than is good for us.

These trivial pursuits
have made us
unwitting experts
on murder and mayhem,
snark and cynicism,
lust and greed;
house flipping and bloodletting,
car thefts and racing chefs,
and the absorbency of Sham-Wow.

But any fool
could learn those things –
many fools

What we need –
universally –
is a different way
of looking at things:

beginning with
not seeing “things”
when we look
around us.

People are not objects,
animals are not products,
every open space
is not meant to be filled;
our world was designed
for a purpose
not a profit-margin.

If we live our faith;
truly believing
the words we say –
we will tend to this earth
with loving care:
as a precious vase
shaped by a master potter:
fingerprints still visible
in its lines and textures.

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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