Why do we store away the traumatic events of our life? For some, they are just memories of past events. Others store their injuries and pain like treasures in the attic. They no longer have any useful purpose in life, but the lack of forgiveness keeps them alive and tender. It becomes our personal Pandora’s box that no one wants to open. We all know it will only be a review of past pain, that no one but a psychiatrist wants to hear. Time to clean out the attic and let go of things that continue to haunt us. Forgiveness doesn’t take away the memory or the hurt, but it takes away the necessity of reliving it over and over again.


Dwelling on collections of the past

Memories never moving for many years

Stuck, reliving events that won’t go away

Collecting dust of regrets

Stimulating coughs and sneezes

In anyone who dares stir

Attics for old treasures long remembered

For some, treasures of hurt and pain

Treasured to nurse pity and sorrow

Dusty old treasures of the mind

Blade twisting each time

Pandora’s box

Avoided by all

Only to be opened after death

Some better left for ashes

Thoughts on Sanitizing Society


Are we back to bonfires and book burnings in the public square. Attempts to obliterate what offends us usually do not work. Many times they backfires and creates more problems than if left alone. As I watched the Hope and Change unfold over the last eight years I realized it was not the hope and change I voted for back in 2004. It appears to he a total change of our society as we have know it over the past two hundred years. To me it seems that we are attempting to sanitize society of the things our country was founded upon. Christianity it appears is offensive to many who no longer value religion as a founding principle, therefore it needs to be systematically sanitized from society. My thoughts below are from my observation of things that have occurred and are presently occurring in our society. I am sure some of you may have a different perspective, but this is what I believe is happening. You are welcome to disagree. I welcome the discussion.

Sanitizing Society

Where will it stop

Our cleansing of things offensive

First it is religion

Anything Christian must go

Erased from the public sector

Wiped from our courthouses

Even though it was from this perspective

Our Republic was founded

Do away with Christmas in the square

It might be offensive to other faiths

No prayer to God in public meetings

It might offend someone with a different god

Attempts to take “In God We Trust” off our money

Attempts to remove “under God” from the pledge

Apparently we are not under God any longer

No books in school may discuss Christianity

Might influence little formative minds

But tolerance toward other minorities

With different moral values is no problem

Now it is Confederate Statues in the parks

Revealing a dark time in our Nation’s History

Don’t want to be reminded

No respect for countrymen who fell for a losing cause

Dark minds emerge to bring resistance and division

Fueling their ranks with even more followers

Now the dominos are falling all around

Here it is the change of street names

That might offend the offended

What will be next in our cleansing sweep

Perhaps sanitizing the Capital Dome

Of all Religious engravings there

Or perhaps Billy Graham from the parkway

History always has a dark side

Sometimes we choose to forget

Yet History does not go away

Just because we sanitize it

Religion does not die

Because it is cleansed from the public square

Perhaps we could learn from ourselves

Our bodies teach us well

When exposed to a little of everything

Immunity is built up

Sanitized from all germs or dirt

Children grow sickly and weak

The same is true of our country

We need to see and be exposed

To the dark side of our History

So when our children grow up

They will be immune to the evil

And hate practiced in the past

Sanitizing History from society

Only makes our country weaker

Forgetting our foundation principals

Makes us amoral and lacking ethics

Rise up and teach your children well

They will follow in your steps


Photo: Dwight L. Roth