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Open the Way for God? Take to the road,
Calvary Hill. It is no easy path.
Give up your greed, your tendency to wrath,
go to confession, and lay down your load.

Turn your attention from your sad sack self
to those around you, suffering and in need.
Let no day pass without a kindred deed,
take down the King James Bible from your shelf,

drink deeply, grow like Jeremiah’s tree
beside a stream; it flourishes in drought
and casts its shade on all beset by doubt
who follow the hard trail from misery,

hatred of self and others, mortal fright
and suicidal darkness into light.