When at university about 1970 I asked why conflict pervades our lives. After years I found the answer is simply the question of meaning I call "the last why" since it will never be answered. Still, we try and have tried to "fill the void" behind "Why am I?" in ways that conflict, since it was first asked by 'Eve'. Thus we've created our open-ended history of conflict we will soon close if we don't instead choose the "ideal reaction to the void".

In 2005 I decided to see if I was a fool for asking by seeking reaction to my analysis the only way an anonymous carpenter could, on this website. I first tried to attract visits with prose posts but changed to
poetry for reason in rhyme is memorable. I've had to advertise so I could be twice the fool but I remain undecided. Thanks for sharing. Doug.E.Barr  






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I had a vision of Jesus. He was dressed in his carpenter's smock and wore simple sandals. He was sitting unnoticed at a grand piano on a stage that overlooked all that Christianity had become. He acknowledged Ray Charles and began to sing this song.

"Look what they've done to my song, God.
Just look what they've done to my song.
To me they did not listen, God;
And now they've got the notes all wrong.

'Do unto others…' I said, God.
That's all I meant for it to be.
They've wrapped me in a fiction, God;
And now my song they can not see.

Where in the world is my song, God?
Of it I see no evidence.
They are not singing my song, God.
What they are singing makes no sense.

I am confused by saving, God.
And all their worship wears me down.
I wish they would not follow, God.
I'd like to give them their own crown.

If they did "…unto others...', God,
Their myths would disappear with strife;
And time used for soul saving, God,
Could then be used for living life.

Reader Comments (7)

This poem above is inspiring [to me] @ Easter and particularly upon today - Easter Sunday.This, the day out of all days where murder and mayhem still occurs - the most present and noticeable one to call to mind is Terreblanche - even if the man was a right-wing subversive and a racist to boot and anti-black - why on God's green earth kill him and in such a dreadful fashion. Have we learnt nothing - is civilisation dying or dead to the world?

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersbamcteckbc

Yes, how sad - no, more than that - how 'destructive' of all that was meant to be good - when they
began to play all the wrong notes.
Now, all the 'good' notes (if one dares to play them at all) are considered the bad ones.
Still, and most encouragingly, there will always remain those brave hearts who refuse to play the wrong notes while still believing and clingling and singing loudly their own beloved bad.

This poem of yours, Doug, is a poem dear to my spiritually hungry soul.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGloria Jeanne Lise


September 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristie coleman

I dont really like it, i means its a good poem but dont really catch my attention.I think u could have wrote something better.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE.M.C

that poem really inspires me. I think it is beautiful

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaya

I have my own understanding of this poem in which is quite unique. I feel the author is on the verge of uncovering the problems and the resolutions of what is heartfelt and what is placed out there for a majority ruling. If I am successful in saving a life, I will rejoice; however, if that life is lost due to my lack of sincere concern for preservation and more for the position, then God (Jehova, Jesu, Jesus..........will need to answer (I do not know thee, worker of iniquities, for your works were done for the glory of thyself) Many things enter into my mind revolving around this train of information or thought, I cannot focus, the thought goes like his song has taken on a different meaning because we have changed the beauty into the work of our own directions, it is no longer his, but becomes a work against him. Such as the plan of God including the sacrifice of the lamb. (We sacrificed what in Jesus' Song?) Whatever, it wasn't ours to sacrifice or tear apart, however we did and now let us see the effects.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrighteyes

Hi Doug - and thank you for your sincerity and for sharing your poem in your HuffPost comments on Matthew Fox's article. As another recovering Catholic, spiritual-but-not-religious, with an eclectic Earth-based spiritual practice, I relate 100%. I came to Dr. Fox seeking a way to reconcile Christ-based belief with the other spiritual traditions of the world, and with non-dualist cosmologies and evolving science...and I found this through his teaching regarding the Cosmic Christ as the Immanent Divine (analogous to Buddha Nature, the Tao, Purusha, etc.).

In fact, my guess is that both Andrew Harvey and Dr. Fox would agree with your poem! The "restart button on Christianity" that Dr. Fox mentions is revolutionary in its scope, reconnecting with the heart of the Christ energy beyond the repressive doctrines and dogmas and baggage that have been loaded onto it. For a taste of what they're teaching, check out the free e-course related to the seminars,

Oh, and for my personal thoughts, see a post on my blog,

Sincerely thanking you for your sharing,

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhila Hoopes

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