Enough

I have seen a poverty of poverty,
a wealth that is gangrenous,
stinking rich – revoltingly so – it sows
seeds of death and feeds us with a
hunger for what matters less.

I have also seen a plenitude in
simplicity,
a panoply of one,
a satisfaction in
contraction – ever aiming at slight:
a flicker not bright,
a whisper in the wind,
a shadow on the wall,
a slipping through the crowd,
a fleeting glimpse– yet enough:
a shade that fades into more.

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14 thoughts on “Enough

  1. jerrontables says:

    Good points and poetically voiced. We are lost and full of misguided confidence!

  2. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks for your kindness. And thanks for commenting. I agree that we are too often misguided.

  3. Diane Rivers says:

    This is, for me, a lovely Lenten contemplation. I’m going to ponder it for awhile. (Your poetry always lends itself well to such.)

  4. shoreacres says:

    As long as we remember that contraction doesn’t necessarily lead to simplicity of spirit, we’ll be fine. Contractions in freedom, economic well-being and love diminish humanity, rather than lead to increase.

  5. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks for commenting Linda. Yes, i agree with you some kinds of contractions are not so hopeful!

    • shoreacres says:

      I think that word alone must have caught me because I see contractions all around me. The Houston City Council recently passed laws making it illegal to feed the homeless. It wasn’t that THEY were doing it – but they didn’t want charitable organizations engaging in – well, in charity. What they wanted to do, of course, is “clean up” downtown. So frustrating.

      • agjorgenson says:

        That is really sad to hear. I can see why the word “contraction” grabbed you in that way. I can’t remember who said it, but the quotation is apt: the measure of a civilization is evident in its willingness to care for the weak and vulnerable. Our discomfort with the homeless simply reflects deep seated fears about our own vulnerability.

  6. diannegray says:

    “…feeds us with a hunger for what matters less.” These words ring so true – particularly of the exceedingly wealthy. Simplicity certainly isn’t what they have in mind most of the time 😉

  7. Maybe that’s why they call it ‘gross’ national product

  8. jannatwrites says:

    I love the message here. It takes constant mindfulness to stay out of the clutches of society’s ideas of ‘needs’. The waste and excess is sickening sometimes.

  9. Thanks for your thoughtful poem. I’ll spend the day contemplating “what is enough?”

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