I had this neurotic itch

I couldn’t scratch,

like a flea

biting my ass.

And normally, an out-of-reach place

can be gotten to

with a wooden hand

on the end of a wand,

but my brain

can’t be scratched,

so I used spiritual tools…

philosophical truths, to roll-out the knots, strangling the muscles, in my mind

or meditation, like a sink, with soapy water, to wash-out, the dirty parts

of my soul.

It drains, and I am left with an empty

Tabula rasa.

My heart is more difficult to pierce,

easier to break, when it’s hard.

My lungs breathe-in the toxins, of a world incensed

at my incense—an aroma that inspires me

but kills most people.

Everybody wants to smell the same.

I had questions…

but the answers were different

depending on who I talked to.

Everybody told me not to talk to everybody, so I disobeyed them all,

which is typical for me.

You can’t know for certain, unless you listen to only one person.

My first guru told me, “You are a weenie—work harder. You are too smart for your own good. Intelligent people are always out to lunch because they finish their work too fast. I prefer somebody who puts his ass in the chair and gets it done, no matter if it takes 100 hours a week.”

I worked harder, but my emptiness grew larger, like a hole I needed to fill.

I went to see a prostitute—just joking.

My next guru believed in individuality. He shaved his head bald and put-on dark robes. He told me, he loved life, unlike most people. “The secret is indulgence, but not compulsion,” he said.

I did as I was told,

but felt like I wasn’t going anywhere.

I was good and bad.

I accepted myself and my shadow—with all my carnal appetites, but pleasure turned to ash in my mouth.

Intellectual pursuits are a maze I can’t find my way out of,

because I can only see what’s in front of me.

I went to see an atheist, but I didn’t believe anything he said.

God was my last option.

I went to see a pastor, but he wasn’t God, and he told me so.

“You have to find Him on your own,” he said.

He was an honest man, God bless him, while most people pretend to be God.

 It’s pathetic, really, because they only pretend, because they are unable to convince themselves.

Being fake is worse than blasphemy.

I know I’m not God, so I have to find Him,

and finding Him is the hardest part,

or it might be

as easy

as asking the right question,

and getting the answer

 I’ve been looking for,

all these years.

6 thoughts on “Solutions to Scratch My Faithful Itch

  1. “Being fake is worse than blasphemy.” This! It’s so hard to find honest truthful people not trying to sell you something (or maybe I’ve grown a bit too cynical). I’ve been asking the questions for a long time. I’m still not close to the answers. Maybe that’s the only truth—there is no truth.

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  2. When we think that God is something we need to (or can) ‘find’, I think we miss the obvious. If there is a God then God is not just present in everything (including us, and all we hate as much as all we love) but actually and literally _is_ everything. There is, perhaps, nothing to ‘find’ – only something to ‘know’. But I truly love the line about the atheist: sweet irony. 🙂

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