Lent 1 C

Last Temptation


having graduated from
a last temptation
after great exercise of wisdom
through ages of learning
and clarifying of purpose
this framed certificate
is not holding well


qualified to deal with
a last temptation
means exactly that
while it appears
excruciatingly clear
that a last temptation
is not a present temptation


some similarities can be found
a last temptation
is not entirely unique
but the emotional tug
between past and present
seems always weighted
to today’s temptation


a stoney loaf for dessert
a last temptation
was just a set up
to move from power over
to simply implicit power
with no time between
to rebalance awareness


at the time
a last temptation
seemed a big thing
its overcoming
worth stars in a crown
an angel delivered meal
and so much more


for now
a last temptation
is simply that
if anything it relaxes
opening a way for
seven more to enter


successful defense of
a last temptation
opens more fronts
far from expected attack
not even dread came close
to anticipate vulnerabilities


while grateful for
a last temptation
against which to hone
policies and procedures
it is not at all predictive
of unintended consequences
or unrecognized fault lines


so here we stand
a last temptation
passed and past
and proud
only to be schooled
and again


a never-ending story
of last temptations
for no reason
for quid pro quo
for proof of G*D
for ever and on
is our opportunity


treading wilderness
a first blessing
shows belovedness
connected with creation
shared in community
anticipated through compassion
regardless of any next temptation







vision leaks
a refilling
needed constantly

wilderness encounters
are persistent

tests completed

vision and wilderness
cycle through
our life journey

filling and using
time and energy
spirit space

jump or don't
filled or empty
our inheritance

to choose
even good from bad
divides us

to negate
seeming choices
brings new vision

around we go
choosing or not
well tested

a life well tested
is a life well lived
enjoy your next test