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)