Who Is The Man / Mi Ha’Ish

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(based on Psalm 34:13-15)

Who is the man who desires life?

I am the man, but not the only one
it could be you, or anyone who
chooses to call themself a man.
These days, the options are
wide open.

I hope everyone’s hand is up.
Considering the alternative
life is the only choice.

Who is the man who loves days?

And weeks and years and hours
and minutes and seconds, and
every unit we use to measure
the time it takes to take a breath.
I am that man.

Guard your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deception.

I imagine men like the King’s guard
standing outside of my mouth
inspecting every word before
the consonants even form.

After their efforts, only the truth
can be heard. Evil wouldn’t dare
step syllable past my larynx

Turn away from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.

There’s so much to do once we
leave our televisions. Our us-caves.

Let every effort, let every movement
of our fingers and feet – Let it all be
in pursuit of peace.

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