• [CHRISTIA] New Poetry, "No Place to Hide"

    From Mark@1:396/4 to Practical Christian Life on Sun Jun 14 12:57:45 2020
    From: lamppoet@CENTURYTEL.NET (Mark)

    No reason to hide when all is forgiven.

    "No Place to Hide"

    ("If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin
    and death." Romans 8:1-2)

    Don't run away, there is no place to hide,
    all is seen, width and full, around the corner,
    behind the hedge, in the alley's dark edges,
    in former houses of worship and the present
    urges to versions of life inked through long ago.

    We are not invisible, but we are well-read,
    we are slow to rise to the occasion, quick to
    insist the other man pay within half a day
    whom we have known nearly halfway home now.

    Don't lock the doors, do not return the mail,
    Open the letter, receive the inquiry,
    more can be added than what you fear
    will be stolen.

    When did you begin to fear the equality
    that lets you see
    the phobias you inherited
    are worth less by the hour. Engender
    a new thought, at least for you, and

    Let it fill the dusty silences, the
    shaky dalliances with semi-omnipotence.

    Punishment is over, the sentence served,
    every prisoner set free by the suffering of Another.
    You can stop rehearsing your curved denunciations
    of all you do not understand,
    all you thought you knew by rote just yesterday.

    Because, before all time, before a single crime,
    the plan was set forth to dam the waters of condemnation,
    and let slave and free, prisoner and jury know
    (beyond all they had ever known)
    that hiding never kept Adam from God's
    longing voice in the Garden.


    mark p.


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