A Jungle’s Not a Petting Zoo

A jungle’s not a petting zoo where everything is tame, 

where touching is encouraged and each bunny has a name. 

As germs infect a body, some ideas harm a mind,

and much conveyed on Twitter is especially unkind. 


Uncleanliness itself is so ubiquitous, you know, 

that “Wash your Hands” is seen on signs wherever we may go.  

We need not wait for day to pass to once again be clean, 

but soap and water with a scrub are commonly in need. 


It’s harder to remove the stains of acts that harm a life.

The victims live with scars affecting how they deal with strife.

A perpetrator may spend years in jail or pay a fine,

but getting clean again may not occur in measured time.


Forgiveness comes from God who has the power to re-set

the terms of our relations with eternity. And yet

we cannot claim the grace received has wiped our records clean

with people whom we harmed, so some contrition must be seen.


Photo: by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

Source: Leviticus 11:24-28

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA-NC 4.0

Tune: Petersham, Public Domain

Score: https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2017/Score/WeLimitNotTheTruth-Petersham-Chords.pdf   

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com Used by Permission

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