Memorial Day Weekend Thoughts

Thinking about
our Government
on Memorial Day Weekend

inspired by Psalm 66
Deborah Beach Giordano
© May 25, 2011

You haven’t made it easy, God;
life is not a picnic –
we’ve been troubled
and tempted
and tossed on the grill
more times
than we like
to remember;

even now,
when we should be relaxing;
sitting in the park
eating hot dogs
and watching clouds
saunter slowly
across the peaceful sky

there is another
wise guy
with a plan,
a pompous ass
with a promise,
a politician
with a platform
that can only
bring us harm;

look over there,
no there,
on the other side
of that valley,
at a different country,
across the pond,
in another nation,
up on that mountain …
but here.

They love
to point fingers
in every direction;
to distract
and dissemble,
to exaggerate,
and blame

and never
to anything.

smug, smirking
and photogenic;

there is no one
to trust,
not a soul
we can believe in,
not a single voice
that speaks
the truth.

Was it always thus?
Have the thoughtless thugs
and self-centered slimeballs
survived and thrived,
and defiled,
while the meek inherit
the mess?

So here we are, God,
calling on You
for help
and inspiration,
for strength
and optimism:

give us the vision
to see new beginnings
amid the ruins,
and the courage
to live
for the truth
in a world
of illusions.

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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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