I have been thinking…
No. I have been feeling about this community of people, the nontheist Pagan community.
I have been feeling because sometimes such appreciation, such gratitude wells up in me to be with you all.
So a wrote a thing.
We’re having none of the bullshit, thank you.
We’ve seen the paths of the lost and confused, and chosen.
To lofty goals and a kinder world,
To sense, sensibility, sensuousness, sexiness, Self-made-Sacred:
Through the fine grate of experience, cultivating it, the joy.
And to be better.
We’re having all of the work, thank you,
Because we are stained. None has escaped
The gray of hopelessness, the whisper of bigotry,
The assumptions and biases and blinding dust.
We are having the work to be clean, to be better,
To aspire to the world we know is possible.
We’re having all of the lusciousness, thank you.
The juice of this life drips down our chins.
And though we understand its origins, this in no way
Dilutes its sweetness.
We shave with Occam’s Razor to make our nerve endings shudder
With forbidden nakedness, we run trembling tongues to taste.
We climb to the mountaintop whose name is YES,
The butterfly glory of a cold breath’s air.
I light this candle now, my people,
Feeling you in your magnificence
In your struggle
Feeling you in your learning
In your leaping and falling short
Feeling you in your glowing hearts
I light this candle now blessed,
So blessed that you are with me
Each one. You strivers and seekers,
Scientists and ritualists and makers of new
I light this candle. Welcome, beloveds.