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Lee Scott Poet- A Verbal Concerto: “On Unity of the Spirit”

Lee Scott Poet- A Verbal Concerto: “On Unity of the Spirit”

The First Movement begins with this declarative statement:
Humanity is meant to be one people, respectful of and responsible for all.
And then come these Supportive Voices:
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…he said ‘Let us make humankind in our image….’” [Genesis 1:1ff. 26] And ” the wisdom from above is …full of mercy and good fruits…. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” [James 3:17f.] Then there is this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights….” [Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence] Or Chief Joseph, Nez Perce: “The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. … I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”
And Rabbi Michael Lerner asks if our public programs “lead to a society in which people tend to be …loving, and caring toward one another, trusted providers of mutual genuine recognition, filled with life, energy and hopefulness….” [Spirit Matters]

The Second Movement acknowledges
that it has been struggle for centuries to embrace the First Movement.
There are so many instances, even in my lifetime, of voices raised against civil discrimination, such as that when Rosa Parks’ quietly sat in the front of the bus against city ordinances or when Bob Dylan sang “How many roads must a man walk down until he is free? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.” And then there is the bullying hatred directed against Gays. Or the tragic instances of religious bigotry as in anti-Muslim expressions following 9/11, or Christian exclusivism rejecting other faiths, or even hostile exchanges between fundamentalist and progressive Christians.

In the Third Movement we celebrate reconciliation,
both recalled and anticipated,
as we slowly move toward our intended destiny.
Such as Jesus reportedly refusing to be drawn into the age-old controversy between Jews and Samaritans, as to the appropriate place to worship, by saying “God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John4:23] And “everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” [Luke 12:10] Or Paul’s appeal, as expressed in Ephesians 4:3, 6, to make “every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” as there is “one God and Father of all, … above all and through all and in all.”
And there is Brian McLaren: “We can reject the mutual hostility by which we have defined ourselves, respect different gifts we bring one another, and inject fresh hope into the global human equation through … human kindness.”  [Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road, p.272]

Lee Scott, March, 2013

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A Recovering Writer

by Lee Scott

Having just finished distributing my “Rhythmic Reflections”–
with no new material since 2010—
I had decided not to pursue such a manner of self-expression
but to return to simple, narrative journalizing.
Until, that is, I attended Tucson’s “Festival of Books.”
On Saturday, April 9, I was fascinated by two UofA professors,
each reviewing one of their publications—
one on pre-Reformation Savanarola in Florence, Italy;
the other on the Jesuits in the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
The next day I was intrigued by three authors
sharing experiences, suggestions regarding the writing of biography—
one of these being Doug Brinkley who had done a bio of Rosa Parks.

While waiting for their presentations, however,
I began browsing thru a personal journal I had with me and had used in the past.
Though there were blank pages available for new material,
the early pages included jottings dating back to 2006.
One such was from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar:”
“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of this life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.”
That evening, after going to bed,
I was overwhelmed by the rush of words and images
leading to what follows.

My ‘internal writer’ had been aroused,
the ideas were flowing again,
and I was being prompted way beyond ‘simple journaling.’
In the rush of prompts and related thoughts
the image-maker within was proposing a three-part development of ideas.
This, in turn, put me in mind of the three traditional ‘movements’ in a musical concerto,
and so I kept listening.
There seemed to be a recurring theme
having to do with humanity’s struggle to achieve unity, respect for the whole—
a verbal concerto, if you will, in three movements
with foundational declarations and social responses
in spite of struggles and challenges,
concluding by affirming the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace!
We’ll just have to wait and see
how this Verbal Concerto, “On the Unity of the Spirit,” evolves.

[Lee Scott, April, 2013]

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