White Edges

LInes. Photo by Tim Graves. Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
White Edges. Photo by Tim Graves. Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/

White edges,
keeping us on the straight & narrow,
showing us the proper way.

Navigating the painted lines,
we puff up in pride & righteousness
when we stay within their rigidity.

“I follow the rules!

“I’m the right kind of person!”

“You gotta stay inside the lines
if you wanna avoid hell!”

White edges,
permeable in reality,
impenetrable in thinking.

White edges,
keeping us from the grassy meadow,
forested enclave, and expansive view.

White edges,
separating us from new ideas,
our creative essence, & the divinity within.

White edges,
keeping us away from fellow sojourners,
from warm hearts & cozy hearths.

Navigating the painted lines,
staying within their safety,
we lose our way.

“I’ll be safe if I stay within the rules!”

“The right kind of person stays away from the boundaries!”

“God only loves me if I stay within, avoiding mistakes!”

White edges,
impenetrable only in our minds,
only in our hearts.

Focused on rigidly staying within,
we lose sight of what matters:
the expansive divinity of love.