1/6 Poem: Sans Ballast


“When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.”

Nehemiah‬ ‭2‬:‭10

When we live our life without ballast
Our hearts feel that they must be calloused

For if I am too sensitive
I lose track of my right to live

Your needs, that I dare recognize
Force my ship of state to capsize

The crazy yet sane thing to do
Is weight myself down more with You

By trusting in my buoyancy
I actually gain agency

Your Mass, concentrated in me
Gives leverage so I can be free

Those things others want me to do
No longer can knock me askew

I don’t need to push them away
But rather, their needs I can weigh

And balance my Self and your Other
With God as my Father and Mother

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