Eagle’s Flight – adaptability – 1/29/14

how do we learn to adapt to a world changing so quickly?
how do we learn to adapt to a world in which our community becomes “those we run into”? online, at work, at the gym, on the train, ….

Why even try, when things, people, places, relationships change so fast?
When the “status quo”, becomes “the old ways”  so very quickly.

And what do faith and love have to do with it,
when what I really want is to just be left ….

I desire
to love
and to dive into the next things love has for me
even before I know fully
what I’m doing

I desire to seek new ways of
loving others
loving myself
loving my God

I want to see trials as joy’s
not reasons for me to stop growing
past my incomplete understandings

I find that
stepping out in faith
feels the same each time
there is fear
there is unknowing
there is breaking past some edge of the world
I had thought was safe
that my knowledge , understanding
and practical wisdom
was sufficient
lacking in nothing

some event
some drive
some mistake

takes me further on
off the edge of my map

so I try to see
with one eye blind
and try to make my map
fit this newness
which feels
should not exist

make it go away
make it fit
my old way of thinking

it doesn’t go away
and in my faith step
I have no apparent connection
back to my past
except that I now carry
my new present
and my old past
in separate packages

I take baby steps
and learn like a toddler
I put it in my mouth
see what it does
and doesn’t

those bridges back
will come
my world
will be knit together
and a new familiar
will form
in preparation for
the next faith step breakthrough
into newness
just like the last times

but for now
I enjoy this new world
I enjoy the vistas I am becoming familiar with
and I try to introduce others
to this newness
opening up
before me

may we learn
to see,
and grow


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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