Psalms, Donne, and a Sunday Devotional

in the hall this morning I heard again
soft strains of Gregorian chants against
a backdrop of hissing traffic and water
rushing through the pipes,     the monks’ voices rose
like a soundtrack to life recalling conscience.
my mind teases thoughts of righteousness,   deep
in my heart the Lord’s prayer rehearses itself
as echoes of beatitudes remind
me to refrain from judgement     —     lest this sinner
be judged and found wanting   .  .  .   but under grace
is it not our inalienable right
even our responsibility     to live
hope against fear and the loathsome penchant
of the self-righteous toward punitive judgement?

David M Pitchford
2 September 2012


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