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Question the Cube

If I unlock the box,
     confusion expands into my world.
It could never contain You,
     but it felt safer that way.

The universe and more
     in a cube that I toss,
trying to know Your will.

Chance and destiny
     turn over each other,
and a lot is found in
     the moments,
I dare to question the limits
     I’ve placed on You.

 

Human Clay

You fashioned the human clay,
     knowing we’d get dirty.
But image is everything.

The paradigm is true
     but the bottle holding breath,
swears at the very idea.

Yet some muddy vessels
     hold a treasure they were made for.
Persona like Your person,
     as well as earth.

 

Grasping The Yarn

To touch the healing thread
     as it is woven through time;
years of wasted life,
     bleeding unclean in this instance.

Fearful anticipation
     as I reach to grasp the yarn;
knowing the meaning
     
of the mystery,
that is found in these lines.

 

Typecast

Could I be typed
outside these lines?
Hidden in the metaphor
is the meaning of an artist,
feeling like a tired cliché,
overused and misunderstood,
that everyone thinks they understand.

The image has got to be bigger
than the meaning on the surface,
but complexity is lost in ambiguity,
so many try to simplify into something

they can comprehend.

 

Walk The Line©

Walk the line; the path through
the straight and narrow.
Left and right is foolishness
as the moderately wide
is on either side.

The right moves left
and the left falls over itself.
Balance on the edge
as they look on.
“Walk the line in one direction,”
whispers from behind.
The end leads to the beginning,
but the line never bends.

 

Fragments©

The crystal orb shattered,
as if I could save my friendships
in a fragile ball of glass.

Fragments flew across the floor,
as my sphere fell out of significance.
Fractured relationships flung asunder
sprawling across reality.

One bond can bring us back together,
melting us down and breathing into us anew.
The Creator of the crystal
can fashion beauty once again,
out of our fragments.

 

Bounce

Bouncing the ball,
or is it bouncing me.
Smacking the concrete
only to rebound and rise;
reacting to an action.
Slammed to that solid surface,
as if the gravity of my circumstances,
wasn’t enough.

 

Beneath The Purple Hills

My thoughts linger in the twilight.
The setting of my hope,
fills my life with faded forms,
and memories of violence
now cast in softer hues of violet.

I stand on the purple hills of the present,
looking over the valley of existence,
as points of light defy the darkness,
making shadows pulse with desire,
as time tingles, for tomorrow.

 

Moonrise©

Walking through sprawling arguments
     of humanity looking for direction,
I stopped in the blurring fumes
     of stalled progress,
and read the writing on the wall.

Scrawling script of
     
postmodern prose;
colorful language in hues of frustration,
     trying to find an identity
amidst the rambling crowd.

Here I stood and watched
     
the peaceful moon rise
over this mass of metropolis,
     so large I could
almost touch, Your smile.

 

Postmodern Reflection

Blurring vision into false reality
virtually glowing in front of us,
in the seduction of the glass,
we reflect upon our image.

Reason too futile to understand
failed those before us.
Organized religion confused us,
leaving us with more questions.

We look into the mirror and ask,
can I worship the figure,
and find myself lost in emotion?
Reality is a manipulated impression,
as we reveal what we can’t understand.

 

Three Shots Down

Distilled emotion,
we all need a shot of love
in our empty cups.

Trouble’s brewing bitterness,
but the draft will call us all
into the service of our brothers,
two shots happy, one shot sad,
speak easy till we’ve all had enough.

 

Lost In The Glow

Above the city a red moon rises,
silver and gold glitter below,
and shimmer earnestly in the darkness.

The crimson color of forgiveness
for those who outshine the heavens,
and glorify themselves in the process.

The fallen look above and speculate,
angels wondering where the sky is,
running through the sparkling valley,
finding themselves lost, in the glow.

 

Black

A splash of emotion,
a fine line and a curve,
an artist paints an image,
but black adds depth and meaning.

Darker hues in the background,
contrasting shadows subtle and mysterious,
add intensity to the illustration,
making the lighter tones more lifelike,
adding strength and significance,
to reality’s reflection.

 

Lump Of Clay

Unyielding I would take my shape,
     but He chose to break me again.
Melting in gray shades of doubt,
     I would finally become malleable,
as He spins me on the wheel.

I slip through hardened fingers,
     as a soft touch bends me once more.
Making this ordinary lump
     into something of usefulness,
in His hand
.

 

Circle To The River

I wander in the circle You have set,
covering old ground in my memories.
The fire burns dim in the distance,
and I hope I’ve made the last turn
‘round the arc of my recollections,
coming back to where I turned away.

I struck the rock and drank from the flow,
not knowing what I was doing,
but now I long to cross the river
and be baptized from this death,
into the new life, You have promised.

Inner Most Chamber

On this side of the veil
     we treat You as familiar,
but to slip past the curtain of the physical
     and enter our inner chamber
is a terrifying thought.

Kneeling before the sun rose,
     and asking to meet with You
was nearly impossible.

Then You ripped the shroud
     that You hid behind,
and entered us,
     whispering wonder, inside.

 

Sacred Pop

Faith mixed with pop,
the counter culture tickles their ears,
and settles somewhere between the channels.
Behind the lyric and tune is the buzz of the crowd
amplified by the machine of societies' mediocrity.

Thirty-two bit clarity
lost in the floating point
of purposeful ambiguity;
the reflecting light flickers
through the glow of rose colored
stained glass windows.

Off tempo the faithful will dance
till tomorrow becomes yesterday,
and the beat continues to change
into the music, of sacred rhythms.

 

Longing To Wander Out And See

In the center of the maze
     is the temple of the flies.
Entomologists learn the ways
     of the annoying creatures.

They hover above the floor,
     rising up the dividers
that include their redundant
     shiny ideal,
contained in the cubes
     along the walls of their minds.

At the center the supreme models
     vibrate with enthusiasm,
hoping to lead more into analyzing
     the random flights
and methodical movements
     of the creatures,
and to forget the laws of physics,
     for a more subtle behavior;
longing to disregard desire.

Their children stand in the doorway,
     and wonder about the world.

 

Hiding From The Flies

You’re hiding from the shadows
     of the flies;
entomologists release the creatures
     out into the maze
seeking their children.

Lurking in the darkness
     the pests bother you now,
watching your movements
     with compound eyes.

Annoying creatures buzzing
     about in late afternoon;
random circles around us
     that we all must deal with.

Misguided naive and ignorant,
     you were afraid of the insects,
they would worship.

 

Buzzwords

Some entomologists
     transcribe their wisdom
from a whisper in their ear.

The sound of a fly
     humming logical insanity
for dull intellectuals in redundant rhythms,
     patterned on the page.

What I would call annoying
     they actually enjoy;
the static buzz and vibration oscillating
     enough to entertain them
in the moments, of their day.

The science of describing
     the methodical movements
and ideals of the insects.

An interesting tale,
     created by the creatures.

 

Beneath The Standards

The Angel Of Light shines
     through her face,
as she blots with a dark brush
     the same old ancient rhetoric
combined into compound
     splotches of postmodernism.

Careless strokes across the canvas of life,
     she paints a portrait of a blurred mind;
darker kinds of composite colors,
     as ideas blend in the image.

A creature, almost the hue of xanadu,
     smiles back below the surface of imagination.
Superimposed is her expression,
     yet faintly visible beneath the standards
of her appearance,
     is the likeness, of a fly.

 

Flypaper

Follow the instructions.
     Open the paper
in your inner room,
     and place it in the middle of your life.

The world finds it aesthetically
     unpleasant,
because it doesn’t see the need
     to capture
the pests buzzing about.

It can become ineffective
     if it sits there,
and gathers dust.

 

He Took The Hill

Buzzing
     around the blood,
they thought they had achieved
     the final victory,
and infected creation,
     soon eternity,
on the hill.

His strategy was quite different,
     and now His Spirit possesses
His people too.

He won the war that day
     but gnats still infest the field,
seeking to reclaim the rights to death.

Another day He will whistle
     for the flies,
and they will come
     from the crevasses of the rocks,
and be hurled into the ravine,
     down, into the pit.

 

A Mass Of Bees And Wasps

The bees hover around the hive,
     but should invade the countryside.

Some bees are busy building
     individual compartments
          for their young,
isolating them from the world,
     as well as teaching them to hate
the wasps. I know we look a lot
     like flies.

The keepers should train them
     to detect the stench the flies
leave on the mines buried,
     throughout the field.

Or some of them could zoom
     with us above their turf,
and acoustically sweep the world,
     telling the others the path,
to protection.

 

Leader Of Their Hives

I know it sounds crazy
     and hard to understand,
but there is actually a king bee,
     although he can’t reproduce.

He is usually a bit larger,
     and seldom flies with the workers.
He is responsible for choreographing
     new dance steps,
and they gather around him
     to practice the patterns of his posterior,
as he tangos in circles.

Over the generations,
     the drones have been convinced
that they need him,
as honey drips from their mouths
     that is in most cases,
just as sweet.

 

Speaking Silence

I just spoke silence
     with the seeker next to me.
The words were eloquent and sweet
     as we sat there in perfect harmony.

Breathing the wonder
     of shared memories,
words left unspoken
     echoed in knowing eyes.

In that moment,
     we realized,
eternity.

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