With the noise of the world deafening at times,
A child-like heart yearns for quiet
The scent of fragrant peace upon a gentle ocean breeze,
When life is simple
Rising up, sitting down
Coming in, going out,
A confident steady walk as an expression of goodness
Always in the sight of our God who cares
Whose Spirit is ever near.
Each day’s pleasure can be discovered
Found in drawing near to the only true One,
Only Creator who births each new day
Causes the sun to rise with healing in a heart,
A person full of desire and longing and clear imagination
A soul who has found mindful rest in God’s riches,
Sold everything, bought that field of hidden treasure.
A disciple’s eyes and ears awakened, then sharpened
A spirit enlightened, empowered
And a divine gift of vast love to exercise great patience
Understanding of the forces of the world about
Its layers of perceived reality practiced
Piled upon each other in confusion;
In stillness this soul rests
Even visions of heaven’s feasts and celebrations
Dance joyfully in his head.
Meanwhile, America’s idea of repentance and enlightenment
Bounces back and forth like a volleyball
On a busy California summer beach.