I was walking down the street toward our apartment near Wrigley Field and passed a down-and-out man leaning against a wall and drinking from a bottle in a paper bag. I recalled my friend Larry McCauley telling me about a church nearby with a crucified Jesus etched in stone on the wall. A legend under the cross read, "Is it nothing to you who pass by?
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Poetry evokes what is good, beautiful and true. It imagines the unimaginable, describes the indefinable, and unveils what our senses cannot know or our intellect figure out. Poetry is theology leaping out of the file cabinet and into the heart. It is the Word or words that stir our souls. New to NCR: Obituaries.
Visit these pages to remember and celebrate the lives of those we have recently lost. And, paradoxically, you don't have to put words to paper to be a poet. Jesus never wrote a poem. The only words he ever wrote were on the sand. And the rain washed those away. His life was poetry.
"One must look both along and at everything." – C. S. Lewis
He was the Word made flesh. A poet is a poet because, like Jesus, she sees what is really there.
Jesus saw goodness in the adulteress, wholeness in the leper, forgiveness in the thief on the cross. He even beheld innocence behind the masks of those who taunted, scourged and crucified him. Jesus acted in God's eye what in God's eye he was. When asked who he was and how he healed, Jesus told his disciples, "Come and see. A poet is a seer who cultivates the Christ-like faculty of looking at what is temporal and discerning what is eternal.
As Jesus saw splendor in the lilies of the field, the poet, too, perceives power in everyday places. Poet William Carlos Williams understood that everything depends on "a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. A poet also divines the divine in the most unlikely places. This statement seems easy to refute for the supreme being could be all of the things possible for him except this and have evolved out of eons of cosmic continuum into natural omniscience and or through assimilation of the forces innate to the cosmos have achieved relative omnipotence.
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But this already seems intuitively necessary to the ultimate cosmic essence regardless of a lack of self consciousness or even a physical form. Perhaps what is possible and eons of void are the root of all force and matter, and perhaps this as yet unfulfilled sequence cycles on to nirvana. Then again perhaps the supreme being does in fact preempt all as a self conscious entity.
On this lofty note I would like to reiterate my thesis. Perhaps we all could benefit from a reassessment of our affinity with God. A man can accomplish many things with his concept of God. What is extraneous? Perhaps the question would better be put what is expedient, but that becomes subjective. You have to define your goals. Where in lies wisdom? Can man truly aspire to godhead or is this personally nonproductive?
Man seems to perceive a sort of manifest destiny for himself. An intrinsic affinity with infiniteness that just must be dealt with. Perhaps our beliefs in life after death are a grandiose delusion in which we hedonistically waste our time pampering our egos. Which brings me to my third and final argument. Perhaps conscious regimentation and an affiliation with earth bound logic would bring us closer to our affinity with God. Although often the subjective truths of these understandings went unmentioned out of a desire for objectivity.
For example what God must be if God is to be God. Perhaps one would do better to relate personally to his affinity with God.
I think this is true. Although we seem to lack omnipotence we are all individually speaking a preternatural corporeal state. Perhaps we all should assert our godliness instead of hiding our talents in the sand. Perhaps then we could construct a contractual reality. An aspiration to the perfection of the human social mechanic. I salute this concept. In fact I firmly believe that by conscribing unalienable rights to our beings we have already performed the rights of the human social mechanic. All that is left is to obtain expedience and accuracy in our amendment toward continued obtainment of the majority goal.
Adrienne Toles Jan Elysian Fields are Burning.
Her tired heart and brave mind Were curious yet guarded. I peaked through my wings And saw the devil They never wanted But the angel for whom I still fought for On the darkest nights And loved on the brightest mornings. I have become a paragon of imperfections and flaws. Transformed into a tesselation Of loosely sutured calamity weaving Through the complexities of my benevolence.
And yet… Beyond myself, I saw the world in its blackened beauty Reflected so wondrously In shades of good and evil And wrong and right And wrapped ever so tightly in adventure. Shall I take it?
And be locked out of my garden forever? It has been far too long since I have written or shared any kind of poetry. Terry O'Leary Sep Now and Then and Now Again Our terra firma ecstasy destroys survival's harmony, lays waste to life on land and sea.
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Diolch yn fawr iawn, Manon. Dawn Mannay, Cardiff University. The author engages with different conversation partners including women interviewed in the fieldwork, writers of literature, theology and sociology, and herself through reflexive poetry, to offer important insights into the complexities and multiplicities of identity. Religion: Religion and Society Women's Studies. Twitter Tweets by ChicagoDistrib. RSS Feed. Contact About Privacy.