Sunday, January 23, 2011


Was sad to read on Roy's blog on friday about religious bigotry. We should all hate bigotry, whether it be political, religious or whatever (should we be bigoted against bigots??)

Anyway, I found this poem by RS Thomas and thought I'd copy it here.

It's especially for the Grahams and Bentleys of this world who are convinced only they have the answers to life's big questions and seek to exclude others from their own private little heavens if they're not prepared to jump through all the hoops in the 'right' way.

The Kingdom

It’s a long way off but inside it

There are quite different things going on:

Festivals at which the poor man

Is king and the consumptive is
Healed; mirrors in which the blind look

At themselves and love looks at them

Back; and industry is for mending
The bent bones and the minds fractured

By life. It’s a long way off, but to get

There takes no time and admission

Is free, if you purge yourself

Of desire, and present yourself with

Your need only and the simple offering

Of your faith, green as a leaf.


Betty C. said...

It's funny, my post today was color-oriented too, although not nearly as poetic.

Your word check also showed up in green...mere coincidence?

Betty said...

spooky! :)

Brian Miller said...

that is a very cool verse...religeous bigotry...ugh...

Carmi said...

I've always had great difficulty understanding why some people insist on singling others out. It was bewildering as a child when French-Canadian kids who had no clue beyond the stupidity baked into them by their xenophobic parents derived great fun from derisively calling me a Joo-if. They couldn't even pronounce the French word for "Jew" correctly. Sad, I know.

As an adult, it just angers me. The world would be so much brighter if we could only learn how to see beyond our wrongheaded assumptions about those we do not yet know.

Maybe our children will figure it out. Either way, I'm glad I dropped in and read your thought-provoking post. Thanks!