Creatures of Habit

Creatures of Habit December 7, 2023



Creatures of habit,

Day after day

Go about life,

The same old way.


Nothing disturbs

Their orderly routine

All must be neat,

And all must be clean.


They’re making their lists

And checking them twice,

Trying to make sure

Their work will suffice.


Impatient by nature

They don’t suffer fools

Gladly or otherwise

Because of the rules.


A place for everything

For all there’s a place

Don’t touch the guest towels

But please wash your face.


They insist on living

Orderly lives,

And of course only marry

Orderly wives.


Their homes antiseptic

Their cars always clean,

Their food always healthy

Their meat always lean.


Like ants in an ant hill,

Repeating their tasks

Rest in repetition

Ignore the mask.


Chaos is forbidden

Experiment absurd

Don’t ask for creative

Don’t mention the word.


Creatures of habit,

By whose design?

Is this just human,

Or is it divine?


What if we found

That ordering our sphere,

Is just a misnomer

For controlling our fear?


Fear of the truth,

Fear of falling

Fear of the unknown,

Fear of our calling


Fearing to let go,

Fearing to try,

Fearing to live,

And fearing to die.


Perhaps if we surrender

Control of our lives,

And offer ourselves

To all seeing eyes


We’d find a new freedom

Though not out of bounds

For when he controls us

The order’s profound.


Let go of the death grip,

You have on your life

Inhibit your habits

Without artifice.


Accept serendipity,

Free by design

Eat the new manna

Drink the new wine.


Come to the manger

Kneel at the throne

Realize your ruler

Won’t leave you alone.



Celebrate Christmas

Deliverance declare

You’re freed to inhabit

A creature’s full share.


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