Not a poem. A paragraph from Brueggemann's Living Toward a Vision. I've broken it down into smaller thought units, to allow the flow of the prose to slow down, allowing our own thought to catch up with his.
we have to make a fundamental decision
How we make that decision
will determine in large measure
how we shall speak about theology.
Narrowly preoccupied citizens can do theology
around questions of sin, guilt and salvation.
That is an important task.
But people charged with resisting chaos
and making peace,
must not be preoccupied
with those interesting but confining questions.
Rather, theology must be done
around the issues of freedom and power,
authority and responsibility.
And when those issues are faced squarely,
we shall be speaking about peace.
And when those questions are resolved,
we shall be on the way to authentic shalom.