Homily #3: Inside, Outside, Upside-Down
By Jane Tawel
February 13, 2021
How does your garden grow?
Merrily, merrily or usually contrarily;
It is rarely in what one thinks one knows.
There is an inside swirling,
with thoughts and fears and broken bits galore;
and feelings unrestrained take the helm most times
and leave reason and worth cast ashore.
The outside waits and wanders
through labyrinths of time;
But whether future, past or now,
we very often find,
that outside does not translate in
unless we introspect
on whether demon or divine
our words and deeds reflect.
If we could wear our insides, out,
and see others’ outsides for what’s within;
we’d live as we were meant to live
in Harmonious Garden once again.
Oh, the world is right-side-up most days.
Yes, that is tragically true.
But if we’d live more upside-down,
— You loving me — I loving you —
We’d see reflected not Narcissus,
but souls that bear fruit most delicious.
The Tree of Evil and of Good
would make us into what we should
think and feel and do and be.
For Love turns all things topsy-turvy.
My insides out, your outsides in;
Eternal Life then re-begins.
©Jane Tawel 2021