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Poetry


THE TERRIBLE BURDEN OF HONORED SEATS

When the eye has perceived correctly,

    One is full of illumination, satiated with insight.  (1)
And you who grind your teeth in seats
    of honor which are shrouded in total darkness, (2)

What do you perceive in that darkness?

Bodies aglow on the Father's lampstand,
    appropriately compete with the sun's glory.      (3)
Having made light of the dinner invitation,
    but seeing by the light of your burning home,     (4)

What do you perceive in that light?

Weeping and laughing are other words
    for the lie of darkness and power of light.         (5)
The self-exile of fearful teeth grinding
    is known in the graveyard of buried talents.      (6)

What do you perceive in that darkness?

Reclining with the Hebrew fathers                        (7)
    wouldn't be such a bad idea except that
a mix of land, law, and trust is aflame
    with the deadly flashes of weaponry light.

What do you perceive in that light?


(1) Mt 6:22-23/Lk 11:34-36 GRAY
(2) Mk 12:38-39, Lk 11:43 PINK
(3) Mt 5:15, Mk 4:21, Thom 33 PINK
(4) Mt 22:5-7 GRAY
(5) Dial. Sav. 14e
(6) Mt  25:14-28 PINK
(7) Mt 8:11-12 BLACK

Gene

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