Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thin Gruel

(Haiku Form)
by Jim Rapp

"Where is the Life we
have lost in living?" asks the
Wise Poet.*

"Where is the Wisdom
we have lost in knowledge?" prods
the zealous Prophet.*

"Where is the Knowledge
we lost in information?"
asks the Oracle.*

What good is living;
what good is knowing; what good
are hoarded factoids

if, bereft of Life
and Wisdom and Knowledge, we
are left hollowed out?

What does it profit
a man to gain the whole world
but lose his own soul?

The Son offers the
Way (Wisdom), the Truth (Knowledge),
and Life (Eternal).

Come, all you who thirst,
come to the waters; and you
who have no money,

come, buy and eat! Come,
buy wine and milk at no cost;
buy without money.

Yet, starving for Real
Food we sell our birthright for
a mess of thin gruel?
*T.S. Eliot, "The Rock"

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