Respecting the awesome power of words!

Monkey in the Middle


Somewhere between 
the three monkeys of denial:
[1] see no evil, 
[2] hear no evil 
[3] speak no evil;

and the three monkeys of blame: 
[1] blame-monkey #1 believes 
the mirror is a magnifying glass 
through which we're examining 
the flaws of others, 
instead of looking at ourselves; 

[2] blame-monkey #2 sees 
the microscope as a telescope, 
so he thinks he's looking 
at faraway problems 
when the problems 
are actually close to home; 

[3] blame-monkey #3 is sure 
all that's wrong with the world 
and his life is somebody else's fault…

Somewhere between 
these two sets of monkey triplets 
lies a sacred space 
where it's not only safe, but wise, 
cathartic, and sacred to admit, 
"This IS my circus, 
and these ARE my monkeys. 
I may even be one of the monkeys." 

This is the space called grace.

© 2016 Todd Jenkins

One response

  1. Perfect!

    Liked by 1 person

    September 6, 2016 at 7:37 am

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