Fix the Fool

On the playground, in the gym or the locker room, the cruel kids
play target practice with the nerd. They know they’re the cool kids.

Pinch the beat, whip his dignity—they’re the best at that too.
And when they go home they’ll laugh about it at the pool, kids.

Stand together, lean against the lockers, leer at the girls.
Make sure even the teachers know they’re the cream. They rule, kids.

Follow him through the hall; corner him in the stall. Fix him.
Thinks he’s smart, thinks he’s better than them, but he’s a fool, kids.

One day he’ll remember crushing flowers, reaping virtue,
and want to blame his defects on them, those other school kids.

Excuses, excuses, a shield for his own abuses.
And to forget, he’ll do enough drugs to drool, kids.

Get up, get up, Four Eyes, before bitterness strangles you.
Drop the sack on your back and stop being such a fool, kid.

~*~

[I wrote this for my poetry class too, back in 2011. I’ve been thinking about possibly working with the point-of-view, but still haven’t figured out a way to do it that satisfies me. For the moment, I’m going with italics.

I wanted to wait for a while before posting this, since Dilliproduct had posted a ghazal earlier. She hasn’t posted anything else since, so I will go with it. However, hers is a wonderful read; a very thoughtful visualization of the life of a full-time college student, and all the work and pressure that entails. If you read it, I am sure you will not regret it. It’s called “All Nighter.”]

What Do I Believe?

I guess that if I have developed anything like “religious convictions” (although I’d prefer not to call them that) over the years, they would be:

1. That God really does care about all of us, regardless of all the evidence to the contrary.

2. The Bible is a guide (an excellent guide, mind you, and the one that really speaks to my heart) to the Word of God, and not the Word per say. It is not the only guide. As it says in the Bible, God’s Word is in our hearts. There are too may interpretations and too many people insisting that theirs is the only correct one to perceive this differently.

3. A spiritual (and maybe somewhat linguistic) philosophy influenced by many–including my understanding of natural philosophy (science) and some pagan–sources, but mainly rooted in the historical recordings of the words of Jesus Christ, the historical context in which he lived, and his part in the rebellion against the established order of his time (including the priests in charge of the Temple of Jerusalem), and centered around John 1:1 and 1:14.

English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. I experience the spiritual presence of God through the bonds (especially unconditional love) and interactions (although God is certainly not the only thing I experience through general interactions) I have with the people closest to me (and anyone when it comes to interactions). In some way, something of God comes through everyone and everything, because they are part of God. Even the family dog (because Trouble really is no trouble at all, and she is a Godsend in many ways). Yes, that means I believe that other intelligent creatures are “people” too (but I am not here to discuss how intelligent other creatures are or are not).

5. Every living person has done wrong, in some way harmed others. It is, or at least seems, in our nature and it becomes too easy to make wrong decisions–even when our intentions are good–if we do not remain vigilant. Not everyone continues to do wrong; many people at least try to make right decisions as often as humanly possible.

6. A system that allows a very small number of people to gain and maintain more than 80% of the wealth, especially when that system disdains, ostracizes and demonizes anyone with little or no income or anyone who criticizes it, is hardly much different from a corrupt aristocracy.

6a. This same system, “corporatism,” breeds and nurtures rampant “bullyism” into all levels of our society, because of it’s overemphasis of the capitalist “spirit of fair competition.” The corporate way is to assimilate or crush all competition, and there is nothing “fair” about it. This principle is reflected in and woven into even the lowest levels of our society and culture.