Poem: the spirituality of imperfection (being perfectly imperfect)

the spirituality of imperfection
(being perfectly imperfect)

it is in doing it wrong
we get it right
as in our wounding
is our healing

in this tension is our being
wheat and chaff
light and shadows
saint and sinner

Buddha knew
the suffering of this world
could lead us to enlightenment
and compassion

The Cosmic Christ knew
the suffering of the cross of
this world in its’ rejection could lead
us to grace, love, and kin-dom together

our only true perfection in this life
is opening to and embracing
our imperfect self which can
lead us to True Self and community

Beloveds, not to misunderstand,
this is not some stoic exercise of self will
or hedonistic pursuit of self indulgence;
it is the messiness of failure, regret, shame, and rejection

and so now sitting solitarily with the hurt and pain,
feeling its’ sting, doing the hard inner work,
letting it bring you to wholeness
in True Self and authentic belonging here

if you are fortunate, a dear, wise friend will say
“let your failures leave you a better person,
not a bitter person….this is how
we change the world, this is how we save lives”*

Herb Stone
here & now working poetry
January 11, 2020

*thank you to Liezel Graham, my dear friend and poet,
for allowing me to use her quote; please read her uplifting
poetry at www.liezelgraham.com and @liezel.graham.writer

Zen Art Images unattributed

1) The Enzo circle 2) Yin Yang



Manifesto: Free Souls of Earth Home Unite in Kin-dom!

Manifesto: Free Souls of Earth Home Unite in Kin-dom!

Free Souls of Earth Home unite!
in the radical grace, radical love, and radical healing
of the Universal Cosmic Christ (the diverse inclusivity of all),
together we shall break the chains of bondage
to the Great Lie of humanity’s depravement

Free of any worldly Empire or tyrant,
their apologists, bullies, and toadies,
and their systems of domination that operate
in the falsity of power, control, and violence
we live dispersed over the planet

We the diaspora far from our ancestral Homes
will know one another by our conscious being
of doing the hard work of inner transformation
and the disciplined outer practice of
radical grace, radical love, and radical healing for all

Scattered about in the deserts, wild places,
hamlets, and metropolis, we come together in the creative
consciousness of our imaginations and direct knowing as
expressed in creativity of art, writing, music, crafts,
and in our shared grace, love, and healing with all beings

Beloveds, in our solitude and our communion,
coming and going as authentic beings of Self truth,
perfectly imperfect, shadows and light, despair and hope,
coming together in diverse, inclusive, welcoming, safe
authentic communities of belonging

We are the free souls of Earth Home,
actualizing our being of Self truth in authentic community,
the architects, builders, settlers, stakeholders, and creatives
of the alternative kin-dom, thus joined together, eternally,
let our purpose begin here and now

Peace, Shalom, Shanti , Pax

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
January 3, 2019

Night Desert Sky- unattributed
Wilderness Cabin and Milky Way – Casey Homer, Upsplash
Provence Village – unattributed
London at Night – Vincent La Foret
Solitude in the Forrest – Dustin Scarpittim Upsplash