psalm 83: fight or flight

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will you help me
do away with my foes?
or more to the point,
can you help me see how
how my need for enemies
is starting to eat away
at my soul?

oh, how i envy your cool
and aloof demeanor,
the way you look on
with such detachment
even amusement
while we growl and rage
at shadows above and below.

what must your think of us,
forever preparing for
fight or flight even as
the world collapses around us, even as
all we’ve ever known or loved
may soon be swept away?

i realize it’s too much
to ask of you to take away
my fears completely –
but i’m thinking maybe
you might just show me
how to live as you do:

not with the quiet that comes
after the fire has raged
and there are no more
adversaries left to destroy,

but rather the calm
that comes from the knowledge
that i don’t need
to create enemies
to finally live in peace.

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2 Comments on “psalm 83: fight or flight”

  1. Rev. Liz Stout, Interfaith Minister says:

    Psalm 83: In the process of evolution, the fight-or-flight lizard level of our brains still insists we are under attack unless we hear and assimilate 4 or 5 times the number of positive, hopeful incoming messages to the contrary.

  2. gwpj says:

    Reblogged this on Musings by George Polley and commented:
    A very thought provoking rendition of Psalm 83


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