We Are Sojourners

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We are sojourners
   on this earth
      hell`bent
   heaven`bound
Resident aliens
   heads in the clouds
   feet stuck in clay
Migrant laborers
   following harvests
   living out of cars
Building contractors
   without any permits
   for work we can’t do
Long`shoremen
   working the docks
      loading containers
   without bills of lading
Commercial fishermen
   dropping borrowed bait
   to pull up empty nets
Old`growth loggers
   pulling green`chain with
   three fingered hands
We are believers
   trusting our doubts
   doubting our trust
We are sojourners
   on this earth
      hell`bent
   heaven`bound

“Belief without doubt is simply credulity.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to We Are Sojourners

  1. brilliant – the most resonant lines for me: “We are believers trusting our doubts doubting our trust”

    Like

  2. Yes – and I rather like the ‘pulling green chain with three-fingered hands’ – it happens. ‘The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.’ Leviticus 25:23

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