An Orphan Seeking The Great Spirit
By Jane Tawel
June 9, 2019
I felt adrift at home within
Without, I felt a loss.
America’s vast greedy sins
Revealed themselves as dross.
I thought I might find Shangri-La
In Canada’s vast reaches,
But going there I saw it doesn’t practice
What it preaches.
I thought I’d fall in love with Spain,
But everywhere folk suffer pain,
One only has to take a glance
At England, Russia, China, France,
To see the world is wide and deep
In anger, sorrow, deeply steeped;
And looking through one’s foundling glasses
Does not make greener any grasses.
The Wise Ones counsel seeking Truth,
But don’t show where to find it.
I’ve spent long years just gathering clues
Now Spirit and Love must bind it.
It’s only inner peace combined
With outer love and open mind,
For Heaven on earth must find its start
Within a human’s contrite heart.
Oh, Great One Who created us,
Forgive our pillage of the Earth.
Please heal the hatred we have stoked,
Against our own and foreign folks.
Help me to find the narrow path,
So as not to incur Your wrath.
No matter where I live or roam,
Help me to treat the earth as home.
And may I live another day,
To follow The Great Spirit’s Way.
I offer You, my paltry best,
So, one day I may find my rest,
Not here in any temporal plain,
But in the Havens of Your Reign.
Until that day when I return
To dust and all the waste-lands burn
And world from World at last resumes
A safe, clean distance from The Doom.
When Mother Earth, reborn to life,
With no more evil, no more strife,
Will virginal, regain Her course,
Forever wed to Great Life Force.
Away from Earth’s small gratitudes,
I’ll seek the light, and love, and truth
Of The Great Spirit, Creator, God
And I shall humbly be awed,
By places, people, beings, times,
And through my feeble, awkward rhymes,
I’ll offer praise for all and All,
that spins around on this vast ball.
My heart is tender-footed.
My yearning is unwise.
You, Spirit of the Ages,
Please open my dark eyes.
Engage my hands to service,
In healing and in hope.
Accept this wandering orphan,
And purify my soul.