It is like being around a hungry wolf…when you are in an encounter that feels like it will devour who you are, what you are, if you are not careful…and if you are careful.
The only way to appease a wolf is to feed it, and that is to diminish yourself or others…
And no…the man I talked to is not a “wolf” in the biblical sense of a deceiver who is seeking to destroy other people for the sake of his own gain.
No…he is more the garden variety religious person who has found meaning and purpose both in the search for those specific thoughts and those specific actions that “please God”…and then being “diligent” to make sure that others whom they define as part of “the body of Christ” are “taught” those same thoughts and do those same deeds…and if they don’t, if they think different thoughts based on the bible, and are led by Lady Grace to different actions expressing their understanding, then they must “correct the deviant” (and it is for their own good, only, of course).
It is the old saw “If you don’t tick like I tick, you’re a heretic!”
Thus the poem, and its metaphor…at least on one level…the fabulous women who read here will find the other levels over time…all of them.
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly,