The unclean spirit,
           convulsing him and crying with a loud voice,
           came out of him.
                                 —Mark 1.26

The demons don’t leave easily.
Reasons to hang on, with teeth.

The DT”s. Withdrawal.
Grief at the familiar’s grave.

Privilege aggrieved.
Riots. Insurrection.

“What have you to do with us?
Leave us alone. Don’t change things.”

God, give me the courage
to let you change me,

even if the demons shriek on their way out,
even if I am convulsed.

Though healing will be wrenching
let us be healed.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

January 28, 2021

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