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Send Not, Send Not the Rich Empty Away

24 February 2010

Why do I despise a gift
not once-given, but continually
thinking in my own mad mind
(the slavery of my own reasoning)
to be free is to be free of Thee?

But how can that be?
In my own experience it is clear
that those few, momentary freedoms
from modern desperation and fragmentation
have come from voluntary submission
to Your gentle, demanding discipline.

How is it that a mind can know
the truth of the paradox
and yet let itself be lead on so
until it rebels against the truth it sees
linking freedom with things that freeze
the soul and burn the flesh?

Can there be hope for me?
Send not, send not, I pray
the rich empty away.

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