No One Heals Alone
All is quiet
as I exit through the Emergency Entrance
at the local hospital.
I notice a black T-shirt
with a pink ribbon logo
announcing in bold green script
"No one fights alone"
Due to context
I'm guessing we're talking about fighting cancer;
harm taking us away
from health care giving and receiving
we would all prefer
while walking out of,
rather than lying in,
any Emergency Entrance.
But, I am a theologian
and practical parenting experience,
so I'm thinking,
Why do we not also wear T-shirts
reminding each other
"No one loves alone"
"No one loves to fight alone"
or even just among ourselves,
within our own households
I ponder my way back to humble Yaris,
with automatic electronic nothing,
and on the radio I hear clusters of fighting themes:
military fear and threat stress-testing, enduring, stretching, growing
hazing as baptism through alcohol
depression and repression and suppression
acclimation to chronic climates of terror
and quiet climates of ever more dissonance
lack of healing sleep
mutual assured destruction (MADness)
diplomacy by threat and RightWing arms sales
applied increasingly to personal and domestic disarray,
going up in flames
flowing under floods...
No one fights alone
just as no one loves peace alone,
and ecological wealth
and eco-systemic balance,
No one can sustain love
while violently fighting
just as no one can sustain this fight
and theologies of health
by thinking we are
or somehow credible
or even possible
and choosing Love alone.
As I exit my car,
My T-shirt would probably be too wordy,
No one loves to fight disease
Especially not God
or Patriotic Loyalty to Earth
or wherever we find our
remember to Love messages.
All is quiet
as I re-enter our home.
I seem to be,
in this moment,
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017