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'good morning,' the reverend bellows
'what a lovely collection of idols
we have gathered today'
they're a spectacle of a scatter plot on the pews

the bronzed hypocrisy of saved men sitting still,
saints on the neutral ground of benches
is an inconsistency i'll struggle
to reconcile with the jacob's ladders of rough-hewn grace
swooping in on souls or spirits
which have proven to be untouchable
not for sale in even the blackest of markets

speak, preacher. preach. i've always listened piously
and i'm not yet thinking of sunday dinner:
will the chicken be hot will the apple crisp burn

i mimic transcendence of the physical
i, being the gatherer, have bypassed the stone age
for lyres and flutes and lips; our white robes-
i suppose they suit me.
i imagine my forehead set in the grave constitution
of a saint who worries not about the anticlimactic
pressure of dry, even lips
contrasting my graphic fire-fantasies,
devil's work unfit for a faithful child

preacher, name your text.
i'm not a salem girl but i'm afflicted
the opposite of love's indifference
i savor every word i steal
i speak with proud, rounded lips
and there are spectres in my storage tunnels
who still care, who still wail
will we stumble before we're blessed with means to soar

who, pray tell, is the evil one?
how do i know, how do i know
i'll start over and start over and start over
and say, thank you god, i've emerged wiser
but presently, watch me fall from grace
watch me file out, i'll shuffle away
from a dire warning of a benediction,
an empty jar of clay
burning for reconciliation:

you are your body
you are your soul

i cannot live for a god defined as paradox.
deep thinking
age-old beliefs
paradox as truth?
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Given 2012-11-20
minister by ~InkatMidnight ( Suggested by UnspecifiedUnknown and Featured by thorns )
Chrysalite Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is great. :heart: Makes me think of the time when I still tried to be Christian...
InkatMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Writer
and how did that work out?
Chrysalite Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Quite badly, the self-condemning part made me miserable. Nowadays Christianity reminds me of a cruel angel with a sword of fire - haunting images.
InkatMidnight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Writer
that's exactly what bothers me about it... that confused people ruin a beautiful message and make it repulsive to so many people.
Chrysalite Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
InkatMidnight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
Chrysalite Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I sort of agree. I think Christianity teaches valuable things about for example modesty and self-sacrifice for the good of others, and interpreted by a humane priest or by a person who is not too zealous, it has a special aura. Distinguishing neighborly love from co-dependency can be hard, though. However, nowadays I prefer not to be affiliated with any single religion, I think different faiths lead to the divine in their own way.
InkatMidnight Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Writer
and what exactly is the divine?
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
You are beautiful, and this is beautiful.

I find that there's a lot of physical space between the surface of your text and the internal fire that fuels it. You have this profound curiosity, and your words are this searching, this beautiful searching, sometimes scratchy and winding like searching tends to be, but descriptive of the journey you are on, and beautiful enough to give the journey its own meaning.

I want you to read these:
These fragments are very important to me and I hope you find dearness in them. This is my favorite translation, (Please excuse the comic sans...please.)

I think that as you go on in your discovery you will start to see this distance close in on itself, get absolved into the brightness of your being, and starting from this point of so much talent that you start from, you will get to use the words that write galactically with the appropriate success and gentleness.

Belated congrats on the (another?) DD, and I love you. :heart: :coffeecup:
InkatMidnight Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Writer
what does this distance sound like?
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