certainty

the only thing
I envy
is your certainty
your absolute
conviction
that your beliefs
are true
I could never
be so sure
without some
evidence
I could never
go out into the world
convert
destroy
make holy war
against all those
who disagree
based on
a book
a feeling
a preacher’s words
I’d rather
have my doubts
and live
and love
in peace

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a lunchtime moment

at lunch
I try to make
my own
little bit
of space
head lost
in a book
mind
elsewhere
amid the noise
and babble
the talking
and chatter
in this crowd
of people
(too many people)
but their voices
creep into
my quiet
and their
presence
can’t be
ignored
time flows
sand falls
my hour is up
I gather
myself
and step out
as the door
swings closed
behind me
I’m enveloped
in silence
soft and gentle
on my ears
a blanket of peace
laid over me
just birds and footsteps
and the sound of my breath