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Joyous Repentance Joyous Repentance
by David Sparenberg
2014-09-17 10:11:51
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Joyous Repentance

Because I have betrayed life
the pathos and passion and the power of life
I am standing here
I am standing here now:

I submit myself
wholly
in joyous repentance.

Because I have participated in
crimes against creation -
the drilling
the clearcuts
the strip mining
dead zones
of lands and seas
and extinctions -
I am standing here
I am standing here now:

I submit myself
wholly
in joyous repentance.

I am not receiving instruction
under a manmade roof
behind four enclosing walls;
not from a book or The Book, or through technology.

I am participating in raw nature's
democracy of experience:

before the dignity of the mountain
within the integrity of the valley
amid the forest sages of mighty trees
beside the sweet lipped melodies
of river nymphs.

Because I have participated in
crimes against humanity
the terrors of rape, torture, mutilation
and  murder
I am standing here
I am standing here today:

I submit myself
(wholly)
in joyous repentance.

The robin knows me
the raven, eagle and the gull.
From some of these I
learn the truth-force
songs of ancient Earth.
From some I am learning
how to fly.



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David Sparenberg
8 Sept. 2014


     
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Leah Sellers2014-09-19 03:10:15
Mr. David,
Beautifully expressed, sir.
May I join you as well ? For I, too, wish to "submit myself (wholly) in joyous repentance while standing in the midst of the unrelenting Wonders and
Glories of Mother Earth.


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