We Are Sojourners

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                Jacob Lawrence                   themasterpiececards.com

We are sojourners
   on this earth
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
   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

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


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”


  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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