The Code

In this circle of men
the code demands one rule—
Find my value in my words.

Each session a blank check
you discover that everyone has
an attic filled with hope,
loss, and dreams.

How do you hold the experience
of terse words
shaped by
poverty and despair?

Slowly you will discover the unexpected bridges
connecting your life to theirs—the falls,
the disappointing parents,
the harsh walls of privilege.

Face to face,
the only currency this bank offers.

Press deeper.
Mind only the present—
the books discussed,
the ideas on the page

© Ann Bracken


The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

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