Out upon the rocky rampart
Unnoticed and alone
Sits the virgin watchman.
Her tears do not distort the view;
She waits and through them watches
Like Anna and old Simeon
Knowing day does come.
She waits and works and watches
Writing plain upon her tablet
Crying for the day
When sons shall run
And darkness flee away.
Earth is raped
And forced to bring forth
Not after its kind,
Like Rosemary’s Baby
Half fiend and half man.
Creation groans in labor
Caught in the evil embrace
Writhing and crying and struggling
To burst free
From the rhythmic thrusts
Of the rapist.
The anguish in this poem is for the corrupting of nature through genetic modifications and the poisons created to kill.
I have always been inside the hedge
Protected, safe and guarded.
Yet as I run non-stop and blindly
Each step just reaches past the edge.
I may by chance discover
Rock or soil or even watery depth
Unseen to me
Below each falling foot.
Onward moving, always dashing,
Ever within, yet ever
On the edge.
Before his ear can hear it,
Before his eye can see it,
He perceives the coming.
From lonely heights atop the wall
The watchman waits and scans the sky
For bird or cloud or dust or smoke.
He feels and knows, yet does not see.
He looks below at brick and earth
And gropes the ground for movement there.
There’s something in the air beyond,
A song or distant melody
Beyond the audit of his ears, a most familiar strain.
Perceive he must, and grips his silver trumpet fast.
The blast he may not sound too soon,
Or, “Wolf,” would be the cry.
With trembling hand and firming lip
He lifts the trumpet to his mouth.
The time has come for war.
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey,
who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore:
for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all,
Where does Earth meet Heaven?
After a season of illness that kept me weak and bed-ridden for an extended time, I wrote this poem. The poem came to me because of a vision I received while in prayer one morning. I saw Jesus walking on water. Then suddenly the picture flipped. I saw him upside-down, as it were, walking on water that was up and the sky was down. I laughed at the thought, but I understood at that point that Heaven, not gravity, held Jesus to Earth.
Heaven Holds Me Here
My body may be feeble
Holding life by a thread.
As my Savior walked on water
I will rise from my bed.
He held to Earth by glory,
No need for gravity,
And when my work is over
I’ll ascend to God as He.
My feet daily walk this Earth.
I labor in His field.
Thirty, sixty, a hundred fold
I pray my work will yield.
It’s not Earth that holds me down.
Heaven holds me up.
My feet will ever walk this Earth
While Heaven holds me here.
I have taken the liberty to name this passage from George MacDonald’s book At the Back of the North Wind and to call it a poem and to break it into lines. It seems to me to be a beautiful free verse poem. It occurs in chapter 15 as if it comes from a children’s nursery rhyme book. The mother cannot understand a word of it and calls it nonsense, but the boy thinks he has heard it before in the river’s song at the back of the North Wind. I think George was giving us a clue. [EW]
I know a river
whose waters run asleep
run ever singing
in the shallows
dumb in the hollows
sleeping so deep
and all the swallows
that dip their feathers in the hollows
or in the shallows
are the merriest swallows of all
for the nests they bake
with the clay they cake
with the water they shake
from their wings that rake
the water out of the shallows
or the hollows
will hold together in any weather Continue reading