Saturday, February 19, 2011


by Gideon Burton

Our things are weights, are tethers, hobbles, dense
and mute and brutally inert. They keep 
beyond their keeping, adding new expense
to store, maintain, or lie about in heaps.
I love a home, an auto, or a sweater,
but only as they serve and not enslave.
And letting go, I've found, is often better,
prepared by less to ride the rising wave.
The art of living well is living lean,
preserving an agility for change,
a willingness to clear the clutter clean,
to nothing spare so God can all arrange.
     The tools and tangibles that we require
     are throttled more by purpose than desire.

Photo: flickr - The Hamster Factor

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