Altered Boy

Altered Boy

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Wow, Davy, this is powerful! It brings to mind many thoughts.

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    Thank you Laura. There were many thoughts and reflections going through my mind when I wrote it, so pleased it came out with some semblance of meaning. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts.

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… Now this is Good! Very Good. Meaning reverberates from every word and phrase – giving much to contemplate. Thanks for posting, Davy.

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Once the left-footers have had a go it taints you always, I can only agree with Roland’s comment.

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Oh wow. A very timely piece with the mental health awareness month. Deep.

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    Thank you Maria and glad you picked that up in the poem. It seems certain elements of religion fall outside of these conversations.

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      Oh, the idea didn’t crossed my mind before. But now that you mentioned it, it does make sense from a religious POV too. It seems we’ve had too many suicide news here in the PH, that your words reminded me of our current situation here.

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      I like it when a poem can draw out a different perspective Maria, so thank you. It is sad what is happening in the PH. Over in the UK incidents like this rarely make the news anymore 😦

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You have a knack for selecting the right words in perfect succession. Quite impactful and true about most religious services.

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    Thank you Lesley for your thoughtful comments, which are much appreciated. I hear you can go to church on the internet these days 🙂

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      I have no idea about internet churches but I know some people watch services on TV. I’m Jewish so I attend Temple (but not as often as I probably should.) My daughter-in- law is Catholic and so my grandchildren embrace both cultures and faiths. However, what I’ve noticed is that my involvement has always been more active when I had young children at home. And so watching my 3 grandchildren pay attention in either Temple or Church is an interesting experience. Pretty much, unless there are songs involved and stories on their interest level they ( and all the other kids) can’t sit still and could care less. The Biblical stories are basically the same really. To my surprise the Catholic Priests attire looks almost identical to the Rabbi’s and I doubt that the children even notice the difference. It’s the adults who create conflict or issues . And children? They just want to sing, light candles, and enjoy being with their loved ones. And that’s the opinion of this Jewish elem. school teacher. We Jews have special services for the kids where they are actively involved ( it is on their specific grade/reading and comprehension level. – in English and Hebrew) We call it Tot Shabbat. (Sabbath). Personally, I find that more fun. ( no mind numbing) But there’s a certain beauty in observing all traditional faiths and how they worship. I hope my grandchildren someday choose their own path and remember their grandma lighting the Shabbat candles each Friday night and on holidays. But most of all I want them to just be happy and for religion, whatever faith they ultimately embrace, to bring them comfort and peace. Your poem reminded me of every child in church or Temple.

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      I agree Lesley and most faiths have something positive to offer in terms of how we can co-exist as human beings. Maybe we need to take the best out of all of them and create a new direction. Thank you for your response and I always enjoy your input into the conversations we have.

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A powerful and timely message, Davy.

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Your haikus are very intellectually stimulating. There is so much aesthetic and so much wisdom in all your verses , Davy. Am always amazed when I read your work.

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Loved this. Clinging to parochial stories to still our fears while we choke of their externalities and thus altered — or is the world altered?

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    Thank you Sabio. I like your thoughts and take on this. The world is different when any dogma is imposed, especially at an early age. It then takes a while to work it out and unravel it.

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Powerful writing, Davy… You’ve managed to capture innocent longing, lost in ritual…and so much more.

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Profound, powerful, and thought-provoking, Davy! Excellent!

I think religion should be about more than just “afterlife insurance”…and ritual, and “checking boxes”, and feeling superior, etc. It should be about God and not about mankind. (If that makes sense?!)

It should be applicable to our day to day lives and struggles. It should help us in the here and now. It should encourage us to help others, make a positive difference in the world, bring joy, peace, mercy, forgiveness, etc. 🙂
(((HUGS)))

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As a practising Christian this is very interesting to me. I haven’t grown up in a tradition that uses incense, but it’s ironic that I’ve read a number of papers on the mental health benefits of it! As anti depressants and for anxiety. The experiences I’ve had at special events, it was overused and I literally felt like I was choking! (But it really intrigued me.) So I actually giggled a little when I read this. Even though I appreciate the deeper meaning you’re conveying here.
(I personally love frankincense, it has many health benefits, as does myrrh, and a unique smell. The gifts of the wise men were wise 🙂 )
And I have to say, the most intellectually stimulating conversations I’ve ever had have been with some very clever Christian friends. I do feel blessed in my experiences, they haven’t been mind numbing at all. I think it depends on why the person is worshipping, we see it as a time of spiritual rest and refreshment, a sanctuary from the stress of life. A gathering of the broken…Yikes this is getting a bit long haha I’ll stop now 🙂 thanks for the food for thought.

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    Thank you for insightful response Vanessa. It was one of my worst nightmares as an altar boy to be nominated to hold the stuff. The poem was written from my personal experiences in the Catholic Church and like you I have met many practicing Christians who have brought a lot into my life. I maybe need to come over sometime and see your church in action as it sounds to embody the true meaning of spirituality.

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