Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sanctions

This is no gift economy.
You live in a tyranny of equality. 
The dictator--you--deals
in judgment, payment, 
enforced retribution:


an eye for a lie
a tooth for a truth, damage
in exchange for pain.


(except where the pain is penance 
for a debt only you can see.)


Any generosity exacts payment, with interest.
There is only being even.


Imagine a government
Where a gift is a gift and not
an obligation, where retribution
is subject to the government of grace
How would you then give?

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