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The Web Poetry Corner - Joris John Heise - The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son


Joris John Heise

Each family--yours, yes--enjoys a Jesus-Son,
That one child wayward and rebellant,
Whose ego, treading tough against all trend,
Does acts defiant of his father’s doting—

He feels your care as chains to cut--
By snippers of his own--for out-there fun
By self-self-self asserting angrily;
To act against his brother’s goals—

—Goals smug, and a tepid almost-kind-of-love
Of too-obedient and merely-near-good blah
That trudges life proclaiming filial love
When all it is is fear to be oneself—

The core of love creates--creates at-one-ness
By returning to reconcile, concede mistakes,
And make good in give-and-take of human news,
Find holy God in weak beings bound to fail:

The younger son forgave his father’s flaws,
And hoped to start again with feelings far
More truthful than his brother’s jealousy--
Yes, far more fruitful for their future joy.

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