“I’m looking for a second reformation. The first reformation of the church 500 years ago was about beliefs. This one is going to be about behavior. The first one was about creeds. This one is going to be about deeds. It is not going to be about what does the church believe, but about what is the church doing.”  Rick Warren

some inkling of unity beyond division
of mystical, not mythical
of cup, not sword
lost in a strange search
found on the angel wings
of compassion and wisdom
the sacred in ordinary time*
the simple me and thee of
the anointed, appointed, awakened before myths and dogma
something sweet in orthopraxy, not orthodoxy
in ontology, not theology
the clear light of universal wonder
funding a commonwealth of saints

* meant in a secular sense

©2016, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All right reserved


What are the virtues of orthopraxy in our religions?  Why is orthopraxy important, especially in our own time given the events and challenges of the day? Share your poem/s on theme or a link to it/them in the comments section below.

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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. Currently I run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers.

My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman.


  1. Hi Jamie,

    Here’s my second response:

    So Grave

    As she stands in the queue
    she sees his down turned mouth,
    his face buried in his chest,

    Along with her order she buys
    an extra cup of coffee.

    The stranger smiles at her smile as she gives
    him the drink. “You look so sad.”

    “My wife’s grave has been vandalised,
    love. It’ll cost a thousand pounds to repair.”

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  2. Hi Jamie,

    Here is my first response:

    That Yes

    of your breath as it lets go into the fresher air opportunity offers with open hands,

    an apology for pain given from the giver heals the sores and blemishes, some self inflicted, hands

    over a cup of tea, coffee or glass of fresh greeting
    A wholesome kiss and gleam gladdened eyes

    without expectation of return or reparation,
    sip down electricity that sparkles your bones.

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  3. .sarah’s bible.

    there is lavender
    in the fire, someone
    is tapping
    on the window, patterned
    with cracked kings and

    sarah’s bible, hand held,
    open via perspex
    and blue velvet
    at ecclesiastes
    chapter three.

    to everything
    there is a
    feafon, etc,
    in italics.


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  4. nervy anna

    we won’t incur nirvana’s wrath
    if we don’t stroll the eightfold path.
    for lucid lurid sharp or dense
    nirvana has indifference.
    and karma is as karma does
    but karma will not be nor was
    nor heretic nor missionary
    is a beneficiary.
    it is never headline news
    when one retains one’s unright views.
    the crunch point is what satisfaction
    derives from someone’s unright action.
    a range from peace to dissolution
    is found in retro retribution.

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