This final poem is a bit different than the foregoing 13, where each poem began with the last line of the foregoing. "Unity" is composed of the last lines of all 13 preceding poems, starting with the last line of the last poem -- the last is first, so to speak.
The 14th and last line is intended to sum up the entirety of Point Omega.
"Where understanding is found, that's where you find your friends."
It could also be the starting point for a new corona -- but I don't think I have enough juice for yet another project of that order right now.
14. Unity is at Point OmegaI referred earlier to the "Point Omega" as being a term I picked up from the thought of Teilhard de Chardin, paleontologist, Jesuit and apologist for a synthesis between his faith and evolution.
In Unity, we are the Song of Man, the Christ.
Which means, to live, you must take a stand
against the ugly evil in the land
and drive a stake into its heartless pestilence.
Crossing shifting seas of broken glass,
drawing soul forth from primal slime,
the Crazy Bird has lost more than his threads!
When the wolf is freed again, we'll all do penance!
With a cavernous hunger which no thing can assuage,
it walks with a limp and a squint in one eye.
It's bowing and slicking yet another phony cross
as the Mother Ship lands upon the Washington Monument.
(How many, if any, are free of such pestilence?)
Where understanding is found, that's where you find your friends.
Much like Thomas Merton he was a man with ideas far ahead of his time and, like Merton, was forbidden to publish his books by the church to which he had sworn obedience.
Both men, were seminal in their thinking and bridge builders, Merton between East and West, Teilhard between religion and science.
Unfortunately the bridges both men built are in sad repair.
Teilhard's vision could be construed to be an early form of Intelligent Design and I would expect some of the more intelligent creationists will try to misuse him to that end, but he deserves better treatment than that!
Here is a quote and they are the words of a prophet:
"The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth."
Words which would later be echoed by our American prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King:
It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.
King spoke several times in publoic the days before he was assasinated and are probably the sentiments which wrote his death sentence. It's one thing for a black man to defy power. But speaking truth to power can make you a lynchable nigger.
If you understand something of Teilhard's vision of how evolution unfolds in this real world, you will be shattered by its implications and quake in your boots, you may even shit in your pants.
[On a lighter yet serious note: Julian May, the most amazing sci-fi author I know, in her books about the Galactic Milieu and the Many Colored Land, makes Teilhard's vision of Unity almost palpable. The books are a damn good read on their own. By the way this is where I lifted the idea about the Alien Veggies in the Third Galaxy.]