In Defense of the Realm

From the private comfort of our own easy chair
we can travel to a town hall, a stadium, war zone
or temple, a classroom, a pulpit, or a stage.
Technology has given us fabulous super powers
which performers from prior times would surely envy.
We can compose today’s lunch into an artful display
seen by thousands, or express our immediate reaction
to the way our Congress person has recently voted
without having to contend with them face to face.
We can transform our pets into celebrity sensations,
or memorialize our children’s vacation adventure,
school costume, or happy birthday cake.
Virtual soldiers from various competing camps
of absurdity can sling humorless explosives
back and forth with relative impunity.
When it comes to describing our spiritual progress
to the assembly of our fellow cyber-aspirants,
we might be heard to humbly proclaim:
“I’m abandoning my old self-images, truly
now I have become nothing . . . “
How wonderful such claims may sound, but imply
one hint of criticism, and see how quickly the defenses
are mobilized to protect the status of that non-existent ego!
If truth be told, should the roving spotlight fall on us,
mostly we’d prefer the camera lens to the mirror —
pretending for an audience is much more fun
than confronting the lies that we’re living!

About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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