• [CHRISTIA] new poetry, "On Post Office Walls"

    From Mark@1:396/4 to Practical Christian Life on Sat May 30 02:37:01 2020
    From: lamppoet@CENTURYTEL.NET (Mark)

    What do we substitute for the Divine.?

    "On Post Office Walls"

    ("Yahweh said to Samuel, 'Listen to the voice of the people in all that they tell you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me as the
    king over them.'" 1 Samuel 8:7)

    We cannot survive on silence,
    the space between molecules gives us
    nothing better than the missing pieces of a
    jigsaw puzzle.

    Have you ever seen one of those posters hung
    on post office walls, or stapled to a telephone-pole?
    The picture is a wide-smiling woman, business-casual,
    and glad to have been photographed. "If you want to
    enjoy your life
    like her" it says, "Call the number below."
    You've seen them, I know you have. And along the
    bottom of the poster tags are cut like a dozen tiny tickets.
    Tear one off and take the phone number with you. Only,
    this one, the one that caught your eye, the one that might change
    your life,
    has been stripped of every tag with its magic number.

    God, we cannot hold you. You are worse than water to grasp.
    We would pull you down like a string on a kite; we would
    tug the tail of your coat until you recognized our smallish face.
    But we only grip nearly weightless mass as the air passes
    between our fingers.

    We cannot populate invisible planets. Even if we could touch
    without seeing, each step would be dread, not seeing the green, the yellow
    or red. Hopscotch would be impossible; prodigals would never find
    their way back to the homestead. Most frightening would be the
    demagogue who said only he could see.

    We do not want your Second, your Administrative Assistant.
    We cannot live on mere representations of the only thing
    we really want to know. Nations beg for rulers; democracies are
    the worst. We expect the one who says she knows you best
    will make it all comprehensible; the one who says he's closer
    than the rest.but both remind us of

    One of those posters hung on post office walls.


    mark p.


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