Above all I am GRATEFUL

I am grateful to be a part of a spiritual movement designed to take our country back from the stomach of the empire which has swallowed it.

It is not always easy practicing law while fighting off the empire. You have to take your lumps. But difficulties are often the source of new beginnings.

Certainly, this is not how I envisioned spending my sixties when I was in my twenties.

The Vietnam War began in November, 1955 and ended twenty years later in 1975. It was the last real war in the sense that American youth were conscripted from the general population and made to fight in a war that many of us believed should not have been fought.

(Now the empire employs mercenaries to fight its endless wars having figured out that the people would not tolerate their children coming home in coffins unless they were paid to put their young lives in danger.)

I was 20 in 1970 studying in London when I wrote “The Nakedness of Love”. I found the poem recently when I rummaged through boxes of my past.

Although the poem is somewhat dated with regard to sexuality issues that are now being resolved, the third scene dealing with our government and politics still rings true.

Scene 3: Act 1:      

                Ashes are only ashes;
                Day is only day.
                Darkness always comes.
                It does no good to pray.
         The curtains will only open, they will never close.
         Man will become naked and refute all he knows.
         On stage the lights are very red
         and conceal but hands and heads.
         A group of people all huddle there
         while bombs and bullets fill the air.
                The noise is unbearable.
Politician:  The time for action
                has now arrived 
                if we are to keep
                what we
                hold
                dear.
                Its now become
                a question of
                ideals.
                Can we continue to forsake our integrity?
                Shall we let them take our freedom?
                Blood, too much blood,
                has baptized our rights
                and damned their souls.
                It is time to fight.

Soldier:    Yes, he’s right.
                We can wait no longer.
                We must fight!
                We must fight
                as our forefathers fought
                and as their ancestors fought
                so we must fight
                so our sons will say 
                that we have fought.
                Yes, dear God,
                we all must fight.

                (Now the people
                do shout and cheer.
                Surely, the will of God
                be here!)

Politician:  Let each person defend his rights!
                We can do it with collective might.
                Soon we shall fight when the guns are here.
                (No sooner does he say this than the guns appear.)
                Take a gun in your arms
                and cherish it
                because
                it will save you from 
                the tyranny of
                their society.
                They will soon 
                now approach.
                Shoot them quick
                we are above
                reproach.
                So take a gun now --
                Your world to defend --
                Don’t let these monsters 
                our society 
                end.

                (The people take their guns
                and hold them close and dear,
                almost like a god
                they love, but whom they fear.
                Bombs are sounding in the sky.
                Bullets blast through the air.
                People now exit with their guns
                leaving one man there.
                Alone, he stands upon the stage --
                He sheds his clothes in a furious rage.
                He is the Man of another age.)

Man: You ask me to defend
         when you give me nothing.
         A way of life
         you want me to preserve,
         when I cannot preserve
         my nakedness
         or even my love.
         You need the cover of darkness.
         I do not.
         I don’t have to defend your country.
         My country is within myself.

                (Quickly the darkness is gone
                As throughout the theatre lights flash on.
                Man still is naked against a lighted plain. 
                Until everyone is gone, on stage he will remain.

We, as people, need to be grateful to our creator. Such gratitude is reflected by service to others.

The empire we live in today does not deserve our gratitude or respect because it puts the wants of the wealthy and powerful above the needs of the vast majority of people. Too many people are starving and homeless while pompous  republican and democrat leaders pretend that everything is fine with the empire.

I am GRATEFUL to my higher power for the purpose He has given me now in my later years; notwithstanding that it might entail more pain than I might like.   But the pain awakens me – to the need to continue to align my life toward the Greater Good.  Memories of past battles bring realization that merely re-clothing the conflicts within will not resolve them.  True peace and prosperity can only come when all the parts function together in harmony, unity and rhythm.   Therein is hope, and healing, and sustenance for all who accept the invitation to God’s table.  I am GRATEFUL that I still hear that invitation.  God help me to respond.

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A complete copy of my poem the Nakedness of Love can be found on my biography page by clicking on the poetry link and then the name of the poem.

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About Scott . Stafne

Mr. Stafne is very experienced in property rights, including banking wrongs and foreclosure prevention; Constitutional Law (under the United States and Washington State Constitution); Appellate law; land use law; personal injury law. Scott has recently become a media focal point as his win record of foreclosure defense cases against the largest financial institutions, servicers, trustees as well as MERS have blazed the trail toward ending the foreclosure crisis and representing the rights of the homeowner above the profits and secret dealings of corporations.   Scott sees law as a foundation for establishing a system of twenty first century liberties for the people; and for removing that corruption of power within our government which makes the achievement of real purpose beholden to only money.   Scott Stafne has been an attorney since graduating from the University of Iowa in 1974. He worked for a large law firm in Indianapolis (Baker & Daniels) for two years. Thereafter, he moved to Seattle Washington in order to obtain a Masters of Law degree from the University of Washington, which he obtained in 1977. Scott practiced law while going to graduate school and has practiced ever since.   This is a personal blog, and does not constitute legal advice in any form, and is not necessarily reflective of the policies or opinions of Stafne Law Firm. Visit the Law Firm: http://stafnetrumbull.com Visit the Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/+ScottStafne Visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/scott.stafne.75   *Web Developer: David J. Posel
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