"Woe to you..." --Matthew 23.
Automatically defering to self, for self, in self, by self.
Memoirs, ubiquitous--in reviews, essays, editorials.
The imperious "I" as axiomatic, autosoteric.
Self intrudes, extrudes,
struts, whines, wishes, whistles, imposes.
Self permeates, as a way of life,
as way of (socially acceptable and normal) death--a noisey decay.
Why self? Why, it's self!
Theology as autobiography.
Theology as psychology.
No theology at all.
Selfism, solipsism, solecism.
First-person, firmly personal.
I am not lonely!...Am I?
Gaining the whole world through verbal theft,
Stealing self from God.
Steeling oneself from God.
Refusing to live in God, before God...
That self might find its rightful place,
And learn silence, solace, and more silence
In the One who is not silent, but demands
that self shut itself up and