All The Tenses Of Covet

All The Tenses Of Covet

I went to the crowded mall at Christmas
And saw what I perceived to be
Hundreds of lost and lonely souls
Or was I just raising myself above
And suddenly realized what it meant
When Jesus looked out at the crowd
And was moved with pity
For the people walking
In the mall of darkness darkness
Of which the Avatar Savior
Is the only plausible light

I said to myself
We are not zombies
We are not robots or drones

We’re jivatmas
All longing in our own way
To come home
To the source of love
Our magic Creator
Or whatever
All searching for that elusive happiness
Just out of sight

Maybe if I had a loud electronic megaphone
I could stand near the top of one of the escalators
And make that time honored profession

You won’t find your happiness here
Go home to your loved ones
And repent
The kingdom of heaven is at hand
A satan does not understand love
Since it’s the one thing it’s incapable of
A million times the pain
Or a million times the wine
The hurt and fear
The anguish
The dread
The defied deified
Sadness, sorrow, jealousy, hatred, adultery
All the tenses of covet
The inebriation’s, the mayhem
The deepening drums, the prideful coronets
The calculated self-destruction
The grand monolithic doom and gloom freeway
The murder, the molestation
The evil sanctioning, the selfish censoring
The written truth
If destroying my reality
Is a part of creating your own reality
I’m not for it

But instead I went home
And spoke with the woman next door
Pushing 90
She has a big snowman and an elf
On either side of her door
And peeking inside I saw a stack of presents
Half way up the wall
And a warmth of red and green glowing from inside
And the smell of pine and artificial snow spray wafting outward
As she brags to me how her 65 year old daughter
Bought her a TV for Christmas
And asks me if I want her old one, which is still good
And I realize she probably had more Christmas spirit
In her pinky
Than I had in my entire body
And I say to myself
Loosen up a little
Let people have fun
Maybe that’s what GOD would want on his birthday
Anyway

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