Sons of the gods
who walk among us
hands to hold
and hearts beyond
the reason
of Saints
and sinners
Words let
the waste
or The Way

Then should
the Father
coming to be
awakened by
in this
summer storm
quiet the thunder
fears revealed
nourish or flood
so feelings
will see

Ghosts ever
Holy, sacred
in glory
or secret
and ancient
in time
this worship
shall empty
love’s longing
water or wine
what Spirits
will be?


Am I Legion?

In the book of Luke, there is a lot of healing that takes place, but one in particular is interesting, where Jesus approaches a man who is crazed and speaks to the ‘evil’ that is in him, and asks of it – what is your name, and the answer he gets is “I am Legion”, after that he compels the evil out of the man and into the pigs and they are destroyed.

The question is, what does this response mean “I Am Legion“, why isn’t it Sam, or Jack, or Nicholas … for obvious reasons the reader has to assume that there is not some solitary spirit causing this mans madness, but a Legion of spirits that have taken possession of him.

Today we wonder, and of course, never even consider possession in the sense it is spoken of here, and we have pills and electro-shock therapy, and all manner of ways to deal with madness, and we don’t even think of the the idea that there could be other causes, except for brain chemistry, and physiological causes.

Possession is so ‘Biblical’ … science tells us there is no possibility of it! But what if we put a modern spin on it. Cigarettes, alcohol, gambling, sex, rock and roll – in the ancient world all things that made up our world were considered to have spirits, the Native Americans referred to the spirit in Tobacco, and in Alcohol, (we still call Alcohol ‘spirits’) so are we being just a bit arrogant (I’m being nice) to think that it’s just brain chemistry, that there is no basis in truth regarding the elemental spirit in things taking possession of us, to the point where we lose control of our lives.

Maybe this man that Luke refers to was the victim of many spirits that had so influenced his life he no longer could be considered in possession of his faculties – he was mad ! Mad at what or who? Isn’t that where it begins in us today. “She drives me to drink!”, “He’s making me crazy”, “You make me sick”, “I can’t stomach his laugh” – listen to yourself …

I suppose all of us have been out shopping at the Malls and Dept. Stores the last few weeks. Has it tried your patience, or have you managed to keep a smile? There are Legions all around us, testing us every day, every moment, trying to get under our skin, and take possession of our emotions. Get angry at another shopper? Pissed off at a store clerk for taking too long. Did you really need to be going that quickly? Maybe life is telling you something, maybe that store clerk saved your life from the truck that ran the light, a minute before you got there … (happened to me once).

Hate, greed, anger, lust, jealousy – the words go on and on, they are the Legion that possess us, and until we call upon our very own souls to examine who we have become beyond that perfect little child who came naked into this world, we are nothing better than the man who begged Jesus to free him … ask yourself Am I Legion, or am I free?