Friday, 9 December 2016

Keeping it all in

Luke 4:33-34
In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

Standing on the edge of the platform
looking towards the approach to the station
Trains are criss-crossing over the tracks
Some arriving
Others leaving
Wending their way to who knows where?
Carrying human cargo
each of whom also carries so much
Joys, sorrow, excitement, anxiety, plans, despair, hope
All contained in carriages -
of trains 
of minds
of hearts
That containment 
makes the journey possible
An overspill would spell disaster.
And so we go about our business
We travel to our destinations
barely connecting with one another
lest we should breech 
those walls of containment
and risk being tainted
by another's overflow.
It's safer to keep everything
all tucked up
out of sight.
I can't help thinking
that safety is over-rated.

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