A poem about poems


I am postless in my thoughts of late.

Yet, here’s some words that just might sate.

The Father’s Sacrifice, Jim Swindle writes

of the coldest, darkest night of light.

In Memory, Rita L. Betti takes us back

To live our now… no love we lack.

In Its Time For Us to be Brilliant Now

John Shore says to cast off shrouds.

Enjoy my friends my friend

Until I can think and write again…

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13 Responses

  1. youre not suppose to be an amazing poster when you have “postless thoughts”.

    dang. this is STILL great!

  2. haha, thanks Tam. I started out with, “Well, for some reason I cannot write so … ” but then suddenly, I could write.

  3. This is great. I love it. Thanks.

  4. Hi John, Thanks for the encouragement. And for your blog.

  5. You always inspire me. 😉

    Thanks.

  6. Wow, thanks Michelle. And whenever that happens I experience joy.

  7. “Thrust into the flow of time
    A helpless, mapless, sightless mime
    Memory, either blessed or cursed
    Is God’s reminder in reverse.”

    In her blog Rita Betti (Memory) wrote:

    “When I wrote this I was reminded of how much of how we of how we act and react is based on memories. Both good and bad, tools both of the Holy Spirit and the enemy. I think of us driving 90mph down the freeway, blindfolded, unable to see what’s even a few seconds ahead, either the Lord or memory as our guide.”

    Does this mean that “God’s reminder” is not to trust, act, on our memory but on God’s direction? Isn’t the guidance in the Bible words from the past?

    An important part of my outlook in life is that each day is a new beginning. The past is mostly a history lesson, one full of happy and sad memories of course. I know my past experiences do shape how I think, but I try, as much as possible, to look at todays events in the context of today and not the past.

    My perception was that in looking to the bible as guidance people are looking to the past, the words and thoughts of our ancestors, which of course believers say come from God. Is Betti speaking of another type of guidance, perhaps prayer?

  8. Well Ed, I won’t speak for Betti but I can relay what I hear in her poem.

    For God, time does not exist. He is eternal. There is no past or present. He created time. We in this physical universe experience time. Many Christians believe that God, knowing what we will face tomorrow before it gets here for us, will have prepared us by taking us through a trial yesterday. Kind of like the karate kid and wax-on, wax-off. We do not know the purpose of the trial and difficulty when we’re in it. Often when we are faced with something that draws on our experiences from a trial we see God’s hand in it… training, teaching, building us in preparation.

    The Bible was written centuries ago but it is not necessarily chronological. For example, there are many places in the old testament (Isaiah in particular) where God, speaking through prophets, talks about the suffer he endured on the cross centuries before Jesus was born.

    There are many more things I could add but this is running on… let me know if this makes any sense.

  9. Ric, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

    “Many Christians believe that God, knowing what we will face tomorrow before it gets here for us, will have prepared us by taking us through a trial yesterday. ”

    That does help me understand Betti’s “Memory” better.

    “The Bible was written centuries ago but it is not necessarily chronological.”

    I had forgotten about the prophetic nature(?) of some of the passages in the Bible.

    What you have said makes sense to me.

  10. I love Betti’s poem. The last stanza clinches it.

  11. Ric: This is da’ coolest….

    I wish I could not have anything to say half as well as you do 🙄

    “Such holy pain
    demands our awe”

    Amen.

  12. Hey Deb, yeah I love that line in Jim’s poem too.

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