“SCRAPE-ation!” a poem, a.k.a.: “Scraping Your Soul Clean For Spiritual Purity!” Thursday, August 8, 2019, “Scraping Day in The U. S. A.?!”
I’m-just “SCRAPING BY,” using-The-Oriental-teaching-of: SCRAPE YOUR SOUL,
IF-YOU-BELIEVE-IN-SUCH-THINGS, “Squeaky-clean” is-Your-Goal!
And HOW? (you may well ask) DO-YOU DO IT WELL?
Well, I have tried it out! However, (pause) I heard tell:*
That YOU FIND THE MOST DIFFICULT PEOPLE you know,
Maybe – I-dunno-know!? Maybe, “fresh-outta-Hell,”
Ones-who’ll-take-up all-your PATIENCE! TIME! and EN-R-GY,
People PERFECTLY OBNOXIOUS! with greedy, thieving imag-‘ry,
Who exist ONLY – for “quid pro quo,”
And they always want you to HURRY UP – and-They-want-you-to-know,
“SERVING ME – IS A L W A Y S THE BEST,
THING TO DO! COME-ON! PASS ANOTHER TEST,
AND ANOTHER AND ANOTHER – TO SHOW YOUR LOVE!”
“These” are “THOSE,” whether below! or above,
That YOU SHOULD HANG WITH, and – do-it WITH-GRACE,
Serve and stoop and always embrace,
Those who despise you, for such will yield,
All-that-you-hope-for: like-a CLEAN SOUL! and-a-FRESH-FIELD!
This-“scraping” is ancient philosophy, supposedly tried and true,
Well, BIG SURPRISE! Here’s some advice that-I’ve-got for-you:
DISREGARD “THEM!” LET THEM PASS;
LET THEM CRY; DON’T-KISS THEIR-A – – !
TELL THEM: “Sorry,” UNLESS you-feel,
Especially charitable – and-are-willing-to-deal,
With them at all! You-COULD – make it “your call,”
BUT, JUST DON’T THINK THAT YOU’RE GONNA RISE OR FALL,
BECAUSE OF HELPING “ROGUES!” After all, THEY’RE ONLY YOU,
IN DISGUISE! So, realize – This-is Nothing New,
Just ancient philosophies – MORE SILLY IDEAS,
Take-’em or Leave-’em, ’cause-they’re-here just-t’ te-as[e],
YOU! and-There ain’t [besides] no punishment or reward,
That’s another goofy notion that nobody can afford!
YOU’RE FINE; THEY’RE FINE; WE’RE FINE TOO!
Be free and easy! It might be good for you!
* – from Mr. Ono, former Sukyo Mahikari Dojo Chief, Houston Center, Houston, Texas, U. S. A.