Falling Upward

This life is a descent

To the center

Passed dissent to dissenter

Holy contagion

Scared discontent

(Gives way to)

Sacred malcontents

Who don’t pay this rent

(Which, after all, is too damn high)

But embrace the feast spread out;

The locusts and wild honey

of

Downward
Mobility.

Upward,

Falling

We don’t cling to the branches

But instead

eat straight

from the root.

Note: I have not yet read Richard Rohr‘s Falling Upward, but I’ll bet it’s good. Its very title touched off an inner impulse that’s been composting in me for some months now; hence this poem.

3 Responses to “Falling Upward”


  1. 1 Renee Robb-Cohen March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I love this! I like eating roots, both physically and metaphorically. And I really like the logo, too.

  2. 2 Wes Roberts March 22, 2011 at 3:22 am

    …good going!

    …next time you and your bride come to Denver we will go feast at Root Down and celebrate you and your ladies

    …more of this, please, Michael

    …thank you!!!


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