the gathering – “men” – 8/11/13

“men” (said a random woman)
[ see “The Prodigal Son” Luke 15:11-32 ]

3 views of the story of the dad with 2 sons –
little pete, big pete and dad

follow the money

little pete
wants it now
wants to travel
wants it his way
and no one can tell him otherwise

big pete
waits
the older brother
waits
for his inheritance
jealous of his father’s
generosity

dad
is rich
and careless
with his wealth
carving off a large chunk
for little pete
enabling his debauchery

and he waits
for big pete
to grow up
and start to ask
from his heart, not his head
beyond his supposed
responsibility
and propriety
trying not appear greedy
for what will come to him
someday

the moral propriety

little pete
the youngest son
who gets away
with nearly everything
and runs away
from the family
from big pete
and dad
they are
after all
no fun

big pete
the oldest son
so responsible
so upright
blameless
concerned to appear
above reproach
and if he doesn’t look after
the family appearances
who will?

dad
enabler of the youngest
who chastises the oldest
for never asking
and doesn’t care who sees
or who knows
about his overriding compassion
to overlook the moral
irresponsibility
of the youngest

love and compassion

little pete
loves his own toys
his own pleasure
and runs off
and is willing to say
anything
to get more money support
from dad

big pete
loves his family’s standing
loves being responsible
and imagines he’s a favorite
or the chief heir
to all dad has

dad
is love
crazy love
and is full of compassion
embarrassingly so

he loves little pete
who dreams and asks beyond
what he knows
or is ready for
and dad provides way beyond reasonable
enabling little pete’s dreams
(and debauchery)

dad loves big pete
provides space
for his responsible  (though overstated) nature
and grown up pretensions

and dad springs a party on him
(without asking)
and tells his eldest
“you’ve always been with me”
and
“everything I have is yours”
which makes no sense
to the proprieties
and separation
of the eldest

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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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