End of the Line

followed the rules,
did what I was told
and what do You do?

in the rule book
is this
behavior forgiven?

Even more,
in the rule book
is this
behavior celebrated?

And even though
You insist
this is what 
Love does
to those who return
to Graceland
(in spite of the rule book)
there is
no way
I will 
enter this house.

That Business is Our Life

“We fear the publican’s acceptance 
because we know precisely what it means. 

It means that we will never be free 
until we are dead 
to the whole business 
of justifying ourselves. 

But since that business is our life,  
that means not until we are dead.”

--Robert Farrar Capon