9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
– Romans 13:9-10
Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one’s own despised and unwanted feelings.
– Alice Miller, psychologist and author (1923-2010)
Only a Dream
I stood in a line that I had no time for
two deep in three columns
to have something appraised that I did not bring
bought things I could not afford
distracted from the line
to find it was gone
taunted by children
who were only following their elders
only to have my quilts dismembered
my baskets empty
overcharged for Old Spice and many jewels
admonished by an old friend in a white colllar,
who was not a gemologist
reaching home to worry about returning everything
cleaning supplies were discarded, mocked
replaced with an older group just as expired
discovered that all were family
only to find that it was all
only a dream, well almost.
by Linda T. Dickman
This poem is what I woke up with. It is the dream I survived. I take it to mean that my life is way overcrowded and things are changing everywhere. No matter what, I need to follow the rules I know, in love. For truly, no matter what, I am loved.
Because of Him,