New Year’s Aspiration

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“They are like trees

planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all they do, they prosper.” ~ Psalm 1:3

There you have it
The New Year’s aspiration
of every able`minded capitalist
certain that success results
from being diligent

What of those blessed
for being the world’s poor
for being of the hungry masses
waiting for a scrap of food
off the capitalist table

What of those blessed
for being the world’s grief
sad survivors of cluster bombs
built in capitalist factories
to rip at innocent lives

What of those blessed
by ignorance & inability to
concentrate on commandments
meant to check capitalism’s
insatiable aspirations

There is but One Law
deserves all human attention
It is the source of every success
It is itself success’ true reward
That the Law of Love

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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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7 Responses to New Year’s Aspiration

  1. oh dear – what to do – what to do – I love your poetry – as I love you my friend – the capitalist loves his fellow man, too – and it is capitalism that has raised up more poor – fed more hungry – clothed more naked – cured more ailing – eased more suffering – instilled more independence – than any other ism conceived by man – notwithstanding its inevitable rogues, I am proud to have been among its practitioners, and grateful that it lifted me from my ancestral poverty

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    • Blessed are the trans`national corporations for they shall inherit the earth;
      Blessed are the funeral & nursing`home industries for they will capitalize on the dying;
      Blessed are the refugees & migrants for they shall be quota`d and encamped;
      Blessed is the fast food industry for it will not pay workers a living wage;
      Blessed are the homeless & uninsured for they will not qualify for health`care;
      Blessed are the innocents for for they do not understand systemic poverty;
      Blessed is the military/industrial complex for it will never be denied new weaponry;
      Blessed are prophets & poets & artists for they will forever be misunderstood;
      Blessed are Friends on Facebook for they will inevitably be Un`friended and shunned
      for being too black, too white, too left, too right, too gay, too straight, too religious, too pagan, too too, too too . . .
      [With my apologies to the apolitical anarchist crucified for his social radicaism
      And with thanks for not un`friending me for mine . . ]

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  2. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and love your neighbour as yourself. This summarizes the Law and the Prophets. (Paraphrased) The lack of this love is what is driving the grief in the world today. Your phrase ‘Christian Socialists’ is an interesting one Paul, as I’m not sure what image that conjures up…. I would hate to unfriend either of you – we are not expected to be clones. Love

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    • I dearly appreciate your friendship, Maureen – my Christian socialism reference speaks to a particular political philosophy rooted in 19th century objections to laissez faire industrialism – it stands upon the assertion that capitalism is inherently evil and attempts to imbue the teachings of Jesus with socialist doctrine (quite despite Marx’s contention that religion is the opiate of the masses) – needless to say, I disagree with its tenets, while retaining my great affection for the ethical motives of its adherents

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