Untitled, and That’s Okay

Look at the birds of the air . . .

I am not able 
– it turns out –
to influence the machinations 
of this world 
through my state of disquietude 
no matter how strong 
that state might be

So I must relearn to breathe 
to release 
to try to control only 
that which is mine to 
have even the illusion 
of control

I need to accept 
the reality of things
as unreal as I might 
find them

I must disconnect and 
find the virtues of a simplicity 
I’ve not known 
since my earliest years

Anything else is futility

Sanctuary is in the straightforward 

– – – – – 

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26, NIV

18 thoughts on “Untitled, and That’s Okay”

  1. Sanctuary in the straightforward… I love that! Reminds me of how much I appreciate humans in the world who communicate in a direct, forthright manner. I tend to be more covert, but my husband is one of these, and it’s always been a great comfort to know I can count on that steadiness (no hidden agendas!). Thank you!

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  2. The entire first stanza made me laugh. “Huh. Seems kvetching isn’t fixing things. Who knew?” I love the dreamy and introspective feeling of this verse, and the sort of Ecclesiastes feel it has when it revisits the idea of futility and illusion of control. Here’s to rediscovering old-held truths, and to sanctuary.

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  3. Sanctuary is in the straightforward – a wonderful line to direct your thinking, Tim. Sometimes, being vague and/or illusive does not forge sound relationships. Wonderful thought here:
    So I must relearn to breathe
    to release
    to try to control only
    that which is mine to
    This reminds me of Spiritful Journey Thursday’s prompt, Here. Perhaps, you will want to expand your post and add it on Ramona Behnke’s blog. I forgot what day it was so I need to ponder this word also.

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    1. Carol, thank you for your comments, and thank you for pointing me toward Ramona’s blog — it looks wonderful. I wish I could say I’m living what I wrote; I’m not, but I’m moving in that direction!


  4. Trying to take the “simple gifts” is one thing that helps me. Remember that Shaker song – “Tis a gift to be simple”? This is beautifully comforting, Tim. I like “to try to control only /that which is mine” Thank you

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    1. Linda, that is a wonderful song, and your pursuit of “simple gifts” is inspiring (though the word “pursuit” doesn’t seem to be the best choice of mine).


  5. Such a good reminder, needed regularly! I have been thinking about that verse a lot lately. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  6. It is often said we must learn to control what we can and let go of the rest and your poem provides a timely reminder if this truism. Its relevance cannot be understated in these current times. I appreciated your words Tim, as a fellow time traveller. Your closing line is a zinger!

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