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On Being Safe (a poem)
No Fear Mesa - Part 4

I am safest When I’m not protecting myself,

When I stand with open face
And take the world as it comes to me.

Not like the boxer In his defensive stance;
Not like the rabbit With his nervous awareness;
Not like the snake, Coiled to strike;
Not like the bird, Constantly on guard.

I am safest When I am like a lamb:

When I refuse to shame an enemy,
And when I seek the good in others.

Like an injured man In his forgiveness;
Like a trusting pet That allows your touch;
Like the Lamb of God, Hanging naked on a tree.

I am safest . . . When I’m not protecting myself.

(written by Ivan Benson, Oct. 9, 1991)


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