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The Lips of Infinity

"Because love lifts you up to the lips of infinity ..."
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"I am not descended from David Or the son of anyone but my father. My only credentials are the truth of my words ..."

The Lips of Infinity
(Raanana, May 16, 2019)


And he welcomed them,
The children, the old ones, the infirm,
The youth, the busy young men and women,
The forsaken and excommunicated,
The doubters and disbelievers,
Agnostics and atheists,
The doctors, the scientists, and technicians,
And, yes, philosophers and poets,
From all over the world,


And he spoke to them in the one language
They all understood, the language of silence and action,
And this is what he said:


I am not descended from David
Or the son of anyone but my father.
My only credentials are the truth of my words,
Which are your words,
If you would only be silent long enough
To hear them inside you.


I have not come to tell you
What to believe,
Whom to love or not to love,
Or what to do.


I say only these things:


For your own sakes, believe in someone or something
Because belief gives you strength to go on
In an uncertain world,


For your own sakes, love someone or something
With abandon and utterly,
And don't mete love out parsimoniously
As though you might use it all,
Because love lifts you up to the lips of infinity,


For your own sakes, do what you must
To follow your belief and protect your love
Like a wavering flame in cupped hands,
And the rest do with empathy and concern
To cause the least evil possible.


They left as they came,
Saying among themselves,
Not much of a message,
And each went his separate way


But when each arrived home
And was alone and silent,
He heard the words inside him
And knew they were true.

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