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POETRY by J. Barrie Shepherd and Hans Ostrom

RECOLLECTION I have a hunch that much of faith is formed in looking backward, taking stock, reflecting on what has been, and what might have been. Most of the time, you see, we're far too close to things to view them properly. The hassle hustle of the everyday can blind us to what's really going on, obscure for us the chasms and the pinnacles that mark the landscape of our living. It's only when, and if, we take the time…
Hans Ostrom
February 15, 2004
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POETRY by Hans Ostrom

TO WAR AGAIN To see them go to war again, Again, will clarify the choice, Which is that either nothing or A Mystery will save us from What comes when love and reason fail. And love and reason always fail. Perversity and cruelty, The will to power, greed, and hate Will overwhelm what better selves Would want to do and be, will grind The planet and devour us-- Unless a prescient Mystery Can manage us away from our Capacities, propensities--…
Hans Ostrom
January 16, 2004