endings and beginnings – next town – 2/7/13

Sometimes I hang on to things a bit too long, and it makes it difficult to move on from where I think I am to where I need to be going next. Where I’m called to be going next. At times, I think of myself as a box that contains who I am, when perhaps I’m more like a river whose flow is intended to run free and clear, not dammed up to capture and hold things who’s time has past.

I’ve been rejected
by a company
where I reached a few
made some friends
but the structure in place powers
couldn’t see
or hear
what I was saying

I was brought down
by those
who couldn’t find
a place in themselves
for a deeper honesty

the corporate mindset
(the royal consciousness brueggemann calls it) [1]
is intolerant of criticism
by those intent to energize
more fully
a workforce
running at half speed

it manages out
any ideas
or approaches
that don’t rock the boat
the proper way

I didn’t fit
beyond the few
close at hand
that could hear me
beneath the corporate radar

it has taken a while
but I have finally brushed the dust off my feet [2]
and leave their fate to themselves

I turn
and look towards
the next town

[1] walter brueggemann, “The Prophetic Imagination”
[2] Matthew 10:14 NKJV  And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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