They arrived at the country of the Gerasenes….
                           —Luke 8.26

Jesus says, “Let’s go to the other side.”
           Into what shadows does he lead me?

A part of me, unwell, living amid death, cries out.
           Who it? What is its name?

He had many demons.
           Can I see myself as Jesus does, whole, separate from the demons?

They are Legion, they say. Many. Caesar’s.
           What demons of Empire live in me?

Jesus knows my demons, commands them, sends them away.
           Can I let go?

The herd of my old life has been cast into the abyss.
           Is this a New Creation?

There is my frightening self, sane and presentable.
           Would I rather not have that one join me?

We have asked him to leave.
           How do we push him away?

When he says, “No, go home and tell the story”
           what story would I tell?

He says again, “Let’s go to the other side….”
           Of what? Of whom? Am I ready? Will I go?

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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