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Doug Anderson: That Quotation from the Talmud

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

I understand the world will be what it is
when I’m dead. I sometimes look at my hands
and know they are not mine. This body on loan.
Hoping whoever finds it, maybe hanging
on a Good Will coat rack, will judge it fit
to go on working. I would like to believe
the small things I’ve done will add something
to the greater energy that will pull us out
of this pit-bound course. There are more people
in the world than we can feed, can house,
can even imagine-we have the choice
to close and fortify the heart or keep it open.
The second takes more courage.
All wisdom, all salvation lies in this.
The heart opening and opening to hold all,
to dissolve its boundaries in a truth we don’t yet know.


Copyright 2019 Doug Anderson

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Photo: Doug Anderson

One comment on “Doug Anderson: That Quotation from the Talmud

  1. Tricia Knoll
    July 9, 2019

    Gentle and moving reflection on important words. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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