The Food Court
Religion, like dining is varied all set out for display
Each can fill a void, if you look at them that way
The nourishment is real, and soul food is the name
But at the finish line, all are so basically the same.
You can choose Greek, savor Spanakopita, spinach pie
Italian with baked Zitti and Zuppa Toscana to try
Chinese, delicious and light, bamboo shoots with Feiwang fish
Arabic barbecued lamb right off the spit, such a tempting dish.
There is freedom of choice and each one picks his own
Some have tried many food stands feeling hungry, alone
On this side everyone likes The Colonel’s recipe it seems
At the other table, all agree it’s white rice and black beans.
The problems arise when the promotion gets frenzied
When one assures the other, only his food should be envied
Food fights have broken out, bottles thrown and lines drawn
So much wasted, so many starving saw their appetites gone.
Then Enter the mystics, they come to eat on most days
They all climb the stairs to a higher floor, holding their trays
Might be Sufis , Kabbalists, or the Cloistered Carmelitas
Rumi, Nachmanides, San Juan de la Cruz with Santa Teresa
They are friendly and loving as each call out their name
But there is only One food stand so they all choose the same
And there is only One table so they all sit together
They eat upstairs in harmony, no differences whatsoever.
*Footnote..Tonight at sunset The Jewish holiday of Passover Begins.. It is Good Friday today for most Christians, and we Muslims are in our 2nd week of Ramadan fasting. To have all three Abrahamic religions align, each celebrating a very important moment for their respective religions..is rare. Ramadan only joins Passover and Easter
about every 33 years. A Blessed coincidence!!