Friday, November 16, 2007


When I was a kid,
my mom did not believe
in anything she could not see, including God.

My friend Bruce wanted me
to go to church with him.
I asked my mom for permission to go.
She said no,
that I was too young
and too impressionable.

I don't think I ever went
to Bruce's church.
Before long, though,
I was attending up to
four churches a Sunday,
trying to get a bite of that forbidden fruit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well said. This is so true.

Whatever is forbidden and repressed, beneath
it all, we are convinced, is sweet to the teeth.
The grimmer the warning of brimstone & burning,
The greater the power of deep, inner yearning.

What all saints, all sinners, have in common at the root:
Would it taste so rich, we wonder, were it not forbidden fruit?

Who's in the world?

Xiushan said, "What can you do about the world?" Dizang said, "What do you call the world?"