Motive Expert

You declare an x-ray accomplishment,
claim it’s not smoke and mirrors-
Say you can see when I’m moved by my anger,
by selfishness or by my fears.
You ask few questions; select excerpts from
former quotes,
you say you can see my bigotry, and when my heart
first broke.
Tell me, did you make an incision,
through those motives that I “tried to hide”-
open my beating heart, read ventricles like tea leaves
Pinned back and laid bare, did my fatty heart tell the story,
and the light in you see in its glory?

(Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.)


Lighthouse tries to speak
to uncertain ships,
compass indecipherable,
hearts hollow-
Somehow tentatively offered kindnesses
lift a little,
a glimpse, a whisper.
Ears strain, labors intensive
chase the next treasure
with an Answer somehow elusive.