Intolerance is judging without wisdom

Intolerance is judging without wisdom 
Intolerance is taking Abba's place 
Just ask yourself if you can see all things 
And can every permutation trace

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How many readers did Walt Whitman have?

How many readers did Walt Whitman have 
At any stage in his career 
From none to hundreds to thousands 
But never enough to satisfy the nudge within 
For fame for bursting places for the energy within 
For vision struggling for a foothold 
on the consciousness ladder of a crucified nation

He hit the road 
He walked the walk 
He plumbed his own self 
Like a sweet water well 
And spewed like crystal fountains 
All his dreams 
At first a tiny handful read him

How long does it take for a person to be part of another's mind 
Why would one wish to be

Better to be observer 
Not inclined to control or own or be the center of anything 
Finally words written impact only for their power to represent 
What's real and 
What is real is what we already know 
Each one of us 
And for this reason 
Words themselves expire as they are written

I think Walt knew all this and finally was able 
to be content with a few friends in Camden 
Thinking yes 
I have been read 
But if none had ever turned a single leaf 
The answer to it all would simply be 
That I was right most terribly 
And wrong most terribly 
And that it made no difference 

And that's because my 
Yes was true 
And finally that means not me 
But you 

In a democracy we all must be shepherds

Ezekiel 34:5-6 "And they were scattered 
because there is no shepherd. 
And they became meat to all the beasts of the field 
when they were scattered." 


In a democracy we all must be shepherds 
Cleave to the notion of the whole 
It is the real 
The life 
The end to which we are all called 

In a democracy we are 
Finally one 
From one side to the other 
From one end to the other 
One and all

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The lamb thing is not what Jesus was about

Isaiah 53:7 "He was oppressed and he was afflicted, 
yet he opened not his mouth: 
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, 
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, 
so he opens not his mouth."


The lamb thing is not what Jesus was about
He came to show us how to work things out 
He wants us to become iconoclasts

And to create a peace that lasts

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The victory was won back then

I creep along at a snail's pace 
And tell myself this is no race 
And day by day face truth again 
The victory was won back then 

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Consciousness Can Be Measured

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