faith without deeds is

the skeleton of our desire

for better we clothe

with travel, culture

as if our parler and sprechen

and uphill castle-trekking

can help (if we but)

will it?

our newfound taste

for bulgogi and kebap

stops no starvation

heals no hearts

prays no peace

unless

on the other side

when the rich robes fall

we find the bones

upright and light

love still in power

pulsing through

this life-cage

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27 thoughts on “faith without deeds is

  1. Love the understanding through travel theme I got from this. How we should take the lessons the world teaches us to heart. The robing and disrobing in the poem was most striking to me. Left me vulnerable at the end.

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    1. Oh, Nate, I am so happy you saw all that. Thanks for the insightful read.

      Btw, whenever I think of clothing/disrobing imagery, I think of MACBETH. Which has absolutely nothing (I think) to do with this. 🙂

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    1. My thoughts are turning more and more to the end of our time here (exactly one month left!)…wondering if we have accomplished what we wanted. I think any travel has to change one in some way, however small.

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  2. the skeleton of our desire

    for better we clothe

    with travel, culture

    as if our parler and sprechen

    Beautifully executed. I tip my hat to you.

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  3. My favorite lines were, “stops no starvation / heals no hearts / prays no peace / unless.” Your title leaves off the word, “dead,” and the body of the work describes that death so vividly. Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. Thank you for taking on this prompt with such subtlety and grace. It would have been easy to over-tell. This, I especially love: “when the rich robes fall / we find the bones.” This is gonna be a tough vote!

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