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Encouragement…

ENCOURAGEMENT 

Everybody likes to be encouraged.

The Christian message contains much encouragement .

But the present reality in the Western world, of a falling away from God and His ways is blatantly obvious, as predicted in scripture.

There has been moral decline before – in history. So for those who don’t hold to the idea of this being the last of the last days – they can at least admit that confusion and every evil work is increasing on the earth?

Many ministries dwell solely on everything encouraging in the Word of God. And it is difficult not to – as we all need encouragement, and perhaps don’t get enough of it, especially in light of the moral climate worldwide.

We are to seek edification and to edify each other – it is what the family of God is all about.

Some cultures seem to look for the emotional high aspect of fellowship/friendship more than others. There is the emotional high expressed demonstratively – shall we say.

Then there are ‘quieter’ cultures who place more emphasis on the friendship that is demonstrated by quiet faithfulness in always being there for one another.

We all need verbal appreciation from others, starting at childhood. But we also need the helping hand that doesn’t make a song-and-dance about it’s actions.

Some Christian ministries avoid any reference to anything negative.

When the child is about to put it’s hand in the open coal fire – a warning shout of love is absolutely necessary. Even though the warning may sound shrill.

Any warning shouts of love, that include the gospel message, society needs to hear today is often not appreciated.

Of course it can be said that there are those who carry a negative ‘holier than thou’ attitude and it turns people off, when these folks hand out correction.

But the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction to the point where there is less exhortation to improvement in our walk with God.

No growth required, no correction, no call in preaching to increase Christ-likeness presented in teaching as something to be sought after as part of what being a Christian is all about. Just stroke our ‘ego’ and we shall be alright.

God’s Word would call us to balance.

Encouragement should be looked for on a broader basis than one that can only hear ‘you can make it’ ‘you are special’ and ‘you are loved’.

Lord help us to seek a closer walk with you, that is not dependant on the constant verbal propping-up that others supply, but at the same time embraces demonstrative encouragement and empathy, needed,  when we go through the valleys of despondency or discouragement.

Paul tells us that ‘no man stood with me’ (II Timothy 4/16-17), yet The Lord did. Revealing that he was a mature saint, setting us an example to follow, in making Christ our all in all, and all we need.

So let us maintain the balance between receiving encouragement from each other, and directly from The Lord Himself.- taking on board Paul’s advice to Timothy:

I Timothy 1/

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

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To know…

TO KNOW…

Luke 10/

22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

There are people out there searching.

Some know what they are searching for – others do not.

Some have a clear idea that the spiritual is real, and choose to examine or study comparative religions.

Some seek spiritual experiences through drugs. Some become fascinated with anything that ‘amazes’ in the category of magic.

Others have a philosophical turn of mind and move from one manifesto to another in a search for conclusions about life and the afterlife.

Some swing towards the highly emotional, while others lean on the intellect.

My search ended at my bedside, at the age of twenty, where in brokenness I found Jesus Christ through the Person of The Holy Spirit.

The experience was tangibly real and unmistakeable.

Many have similarly become Christians through such an experience. Normally referred to as ‘being born again’.

Experience-oriented confessions, can lend themselves to criticism, if they are not based on the result of a solid and inerrant examination by the microscope belonging to The King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Bible is a collection of writings that exist as a result of God and man co-operating, in which co-operation – God took the initiative.

Everything in the realm of spiritual experience for the Christian, must be scrutinised by this Word of God. There is much we could say about this.

Some Christians have not experienced The Holy Spirit in the same way as other Christians, more accurately stated as: ‘not as intensely’.

But at the same time all may genuinely belong to Christ. 

So when we say ‘experienced’, even in this we are in for misunderstanding, among other fellow believers. It’s easy to misunderstand each other when referring to or sharing our own subjective reality.

Those who have genuinely experienced God in their life, can find themselves in unsought conflict with other believers who have not had a similar powerful experience.

Truth is – unless we experience the anointing of God in a ‘Pentecostal’ way (not referring to denominational preference by the term)  chances are – we will treat with suspicion, anything or anyone who speaks in ‘Pentecostal’ jargon, or who seem to emphasise the supernatural.

I often use the illustration of the the swimming instructor who teaches others how to swim from a manual of instruction, written by an olympic champion/expert.

As a result others learn to swim as he stands at the side of the pool shouting expert instructions on how best to learn.

Only to eventually be exposed as not being actually able to swim experientially himself.

Suddenly at the end of the course the now – swimming pupils know by experience – more than the instructor. 

If we do not experience the experience experienced by the one with the experience – how can we really affirm it’s authenticity?😎

Answer – if it’s in the Word of God – then we at least must give them the benefit of the doubt.

As Christians, we mature and grow if we worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH – these (i.e. spirit and truth) must be inseparable if we are to progress and be transformed from glory to glory, as by The Spirit of God – which works to make us more like the Altogether Lovely One we serve! (II Corinthians 3/18)

‘No one has it all!’ – is a saying I have heard over the years. And it is true both intellectually and experientially. There is always more to be revealed from holy writ, and there is always more to receive from the moving of The Holy Spirit in our lives as believers.

We aught to learn from each other, holding firm to what we have been assured of, and at the same time, remaining open to the revelation other believers have received.

Referring to our opening scripture we read:-

and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

The Son of God, makes a choice and reveals The Father by revelation of The Holy Spirit.

Every time we commune with God, there is an opportunity for the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened further.

Opportunity to have a greater spiritual experience of getting to know our Heavenly Father through His Son.

The level of intensity varies. But He is our Life. We need him now. We shall know Him fully in the afterlife.

God is love – but we must embrace that love, acting on the promises of God. Draw near to me and I will draw near to you! (James 4/8)

It isn’t fake

IT ISN’T FAKE 

Here’s the thing see –

To be part of a ‘motley crew’

Means I’m in – or out – with you

‘Cause you have your own ideas

About people worth knowing

If they’re not your fit

Then you will be going

With disdain written on your face

I won’t be visiting your place

‘Cause that same face says it’s true

“He’s one of that motley crew”

The ones you don’t give much time to

Leading me to say:

The idea of the world in harmony

Well – it ain’t going to be

It’s a lovely idea – aim for it

But when – we don’t agree

You just watch and see

Mud-slinging and all that grime

Is the grand result of no intertwine

Try as you will it’s a bitter pill…

To reconcile folks torn apart

Where do we start?

So I’ll tell you what

Although you’re not of my persuasion

I’ll lend a hearing ear

To your part of the equation

Stick to harmony

For harmonie’s sake

Here’s a hand of love

and it is not fake

However if fake I will not be

I do have to say I want you to see

That where I follow – you cannot be

Because oil and water never mix

Stephen on the end of a brick

Was a friend you may not pick

For him – this world’s ways could not be

His life ended with a Martyr’s crown

Where does that leave you and me?

Stephen’s Father is mine that’s all I can say

I wouldn’t have it any other way

I grit my teeth but still helpless remain

Dependant on our dad – my faith is not in vain

Stephen fell – calling on Our Father

His harmony rejected –

Executioners didn’t want to know

Why this man disturbed them so

So by all means reach out the friendship hand

But water and oil don’t mix you will soon understand

The Redeemed of mankind – say so

Their harmony is a united faith –

They are all wrapped and ready to go

Acts 7

Prayer into the air? Part II

I continue to share just some things on the subject of prayer. There is of course much more to examine by way of learning on the subject, but I am limiting myself and rather than taking a full perspective-type look, needing quite a few blog posts, I hope there are some encouraging points in this the last, for now, on the subject.

PRAYER INTO THE AIR? Part 2 (2019)

The Lord Jesus Christ walked in constant 24/7 communion with His unseen Father. This, if you like, is why we often fall short as Christians – we don’t walk in that constant communion.

But at least we know how we are to set ourselves, what our task for the day is – it is to walk in this constant-communion with The Lover of our souls.

The Bible describes this communion in words that should be familiar to every true Christian: Galatians 5/25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

We who have received Christ, by giving Him permission to enter and make His abode with us, are ‘born of His Spirit, washed in His blood’, as the old classic hymn tells us.

He is the one in whom we live and move and have our being.

The instruction that accompanies living in The Spirit – is that we need to also walk in the Spirit, – which speaks of constant communion.

In simple terms God-conscious – all of the time. Walking in communion each moment of the day.

It is when we fail to walk in the Spirit and instead walk again as we walked before we met Christ, in the desires of the flesh, whatever they be – then we get into problems again. One of the results of this neglect can include neglecting payer.

Prayer first and foremost is the ‘Practice of the Presence of God’ – this is faith.

In that relationship of communion with God The Father through Jesus His Son – we walk as Jesus walked (I John 4/17)

All the answers we need spring-up and come into our hearts and minds as a result of that relationship.

So there is no formula for prayer, or for getting answers to prayer – there is only relationship.

Jesus gives us a profound insight in the story of Lazarus.

When lifting His eyes to heaven and praying to His Father – He is heard to say in earshot of His disciples (v42): John 11/

4Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!

 ‘I know that You always hear Me…’ is the profound insight, revealing to us that He was indeed, in constant fellowship and conversation with His Father in heaven, – in short, that is prayer!

Constant conversation internally, to such a degree that there was no need to speak audibly, but He did so for the benefit of those around Him – so that they would realise that He asked the father to raise Lazarus from the dead and the Father was about to give an instant answer to the prayer, and a miracle was about to take place.

This has to be the most dynamic kind of praying. The kind that receives instant results, as demonstrated in the life of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Daily – miracle after miracle came – through communion with His Father.

When we pray our greatest joy would be – those kind of answers. Instant coffee answers.

But our experience is somewhat different is it not? Hyper-faith messages do not allow for any other kind of answers. Some in the ministry, consciously or unconsciously create a kind of exclusive mystique around their ministry.

This would lead us to believe that all their prayers, are all instantly answered and bring their desired result. Why? Because they have greater faith than the rest of us, or so we are (by some ministries) led to believe.

So that if you do not get your answers exactly as you have asked – it is your unbelief that is the problem. This is the impression some are left with, after listening to faith preachers.

The truth is these ministries may well be strong in faith, and have proved God on many occasions, but often large portions of Scripture are abandoned or not referred to in this kind of preaching.

Taking this ‘lack of faith accusation’ on board some lose the actual faith that they had in the first place. Concluding it was not enough, and therefore they are weighed in the balance and found wanting.

Condemnation comes next – and we know who that comes from.

It is true that we all need at some time to be upbraided for our unbelief. But make sure you know who is doing the correcting!

For Christians – God Corrects and doesn’t condemn – there is a difference, but many Christians take condemnation from the devil thinking it is correction from The Lord.

II Corinthians 11/32. 

But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

God does correct in love.

Mark 16/14

Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen…

On other occasions The Lord similarly corrected the disciples for their unbelief. (e.g. Matthew 16/11)

But supernatural things have taken place without any kind of human origination, other than the maintaining of a relationship with The Lord on a daily basis.

An example would be Peter, who decided to go to the housetop and pray before a meal.

Without any kind of ‘special’ faith on this occasion, he simply entered into his normal communion with The Lord in prayer, and suddenly he fell into a trance, and had a vision, in which he was directed by God in a certain way (for full story read Acts 10 v9).

My point is – God sovereignly planned (i.e. therefore the Father’s will) that he should be supernaturally directed to certain people, through the giving of this vision.

So this beyond-the-ordinary spiritual experience did not require greater faith on his part. He had a trance experience, not to be confused with demonically induced trance states, those who are involved in the occult – seek to attain.

For the Christian it is – relationship through prayer. Prayer maintaining relationship.

When we are in relationship with God and His word, and things don’t happen exactly according to our hopes or desires, even after much prayer. This is one of the chief discouragements for believers.

What happened? Why was the prayer not answered?

Already we are asking questions.

Now God can handle us asking Him a question – but we can’t question God.

See the difference? When we genuinely do not understand – we can ask The Lord any question.

But when things do not work out as we think they should – many question God, but really it is an accusation, not a genuine question.

We cannot accuse God, there is no counsel against Him. There is one accuser of the brethren and of God. (Revelation 12/10. Genesis 3/1).

The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith – it always struck me how on the surface it seemed to me, that He changed the subject.

Luke 17/

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

If you have faith as small as…

Jesus was just stating the facts. He was not increasing their faith. He felt it more important to say what faith could bring.

We desire to be honest. But desire also to maintain a good confession of faith.

So let’s settle for holding on to the faith we have, that is nourished through relationship, and not get carried away into the realm of reasoning that steals the faith we have.

Answers? They must come as relationship becomes more intimate.

 

Prayer into the air?

PRAYER INTO THE AIR?

Prayer is – for the unbelieving and skeptical – a speaking into the air.

They place it, in the same category as superstition.

We hear some bemoan the fact that they prayed and ‘nothing happened’.

Sometimes human beings have conversations that end in ongoing strife, unresolved conflict – but the fact remains – they had a conversation, and it was real.

Prayer in it’s simplest definition – is a conversation with The Lord God, who tells us it is possible to hold a conversation with Him, but the outcome may not be what we want it to be.

James 4/

You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda], so that [when you get what you want] you may spend it on your [hedonistic] desires.

So ‘I prayed and nothing happened’ is hereby ruled out. Something did happen in the context of this verse – you were refused your desired answer.

In the ‘nothing happened’ context, the answer you could have received, could well have been ‘No’ – but you did have the real conversation in the first place.

It was real, prayer is real, something definitely happened.

Something happens every time, it’s just that when it doesn’t go according to plan – we enter into doubt and reasoning, and give up on the idea.

Unless of course we have a good relationship with The One who answers prayer?

Sometimes we are left uncertain as to exactly what happened to the request. But we take it in-trust that we were heard, as we acted on the right principles when asking, and not with wrong motives.

The Lord Jesus Himself made a request in the middle of a ‘prayer time’ – in the middle of a profoundly agonising conversation – with His Father, in the garden of Gethsemane.

He prayed and got what amounted to a ‘No’ response.

Matthew 26/39

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will.

He did tag-on to the end of His request – the words: ‘not as I will, but as you will’. He then listened for The Father’s response.

And so it was –  The Father’s will had to be done. Jesus therefore accepted The Father’s answer and responded with obedience, all the way to the cross, the outcome of which was an opening-up of the way for man to be reconciled to God, through His crucifixion.

Jesus rose up from His prayer time, and returned to His disciples, ready to continue His journey, having obtained the answer to His prayer, according to the will of God.

But notice regarding the cup of suffering He requested to pass from Him – the answer was – no.

He prayed and some might conclude that nothing happened due to the fact that He did not receive what He asked for.

Notice a key point – He heard from the Father, in response to His prayer/conversation/request. We too, will always get a response – of this we are assured.

Those who are true Christians, must be open to hearing from the Father.

The response He gives will not be the same for every prayer.

Regarding what you have asked for, if He speaks to you in prayer, and you know it is Him, then the matter is settled either way, with regard to the answer, i.e. ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

So not only speaking in prayer, but listening in prayer is equally important.

I John 5/14

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Knowing His will according to His already revealed will, (The Bible) – or listening for His specific response, in the context of our request, i.e. an inner knowing He has heard us. Produces confidence (further faith).

We are instructed clearly to make our requests known unto God. This is followed by a sending of His peace, into our hearts.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Having left things with The Lord, in prayer, as a result – sometimes outcomes will vary, depending on other factors, as per the example given – in the life of The Lord Jesus.

Jesus the man made the request to The Father who was greater than He.

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Jesus the man made the request – but The Christ followed through in complete unity with The Father’s will.

Just as the time of the Second coming is known only to The (greater) Father (i.e. the day and hour) – just so The Father, who did not become a man – communicated His wisdom to The Son, and The Son rose up to obey, setting His face as a flint to go to Calvary’s tree.

I will add a little more, in Part II, as we seek understanding about how prayer works.

Prayer works as do all things – 

‘…together for good, to those who love God’.

Romans 8/28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

To be continued…

Mind Bombardment

MIND BOMBARDMENT

(in part metaphor)

Everyone had a helmet-shield

All prepared to go to the mind’s underground

Down came the thought bombs on the nations’ mentality

The enemy pressed to get access – to take control

The minds reeled like on a runaway train

No one knew what to hold on to

To steady their fall

Many blocked their ears and ran at the preacher

Blungeoning his words to try to cause death

The corporate mentality slipped further and further

Into the acceptance of moral reverse

Natural affection was dismissed as of a – by-gone-age

Faces were dark and cold and without feeling’s expression

Empathy disappeared and

proud rhetoric dismissed all traces of right and wrong

Guidelines of law turned and twisted to a warped degree

Everyone did what was right in their own eyes

Mocking laughter filled the air as the fingers pointed

At the boat builder – the eccentric hippie

with strange dreams

Who kept offering passage on his vessel

Eight survived – got on board

The deluge sprang forth – and didn’t stop

A torture or a judgment depending on your point of view

A constant flow of the watery grave

Until all ceased to billow and all ceased to live

A similar time was predicted but a long time from thence

As it was in the times of the remaining family

So shall it be…

Proper Denial

PROPER DENIAL

There is a reluctance within us, that all of us, can claim to have. A reluctance to warm towards anything that calls for a dying-to-ourselves.

Jesus calls men and women to deny themselves and ‘take up their cross daily’ (Luke 9/23).

A rich young man came to Him one-time.

Matthew 19/21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

To help us with this godly ‘tall order’ (for such humans as we), let’s highlight the positives first of all. Jesus looks at us (as He did this man), and loves us.

Secondly he gave this young man clear instructions as to what he had to deny and forsake – within himself.

He had a love for money, more than a love for God. We are told that – not money, – but the love of money is the root of all evil. (I Timothy 6/10)

Escaping from an evil heart, escaping from this love of money, the young man was unable to do, and we know this greatly saddened him, and no doubt saddened the saviour of men, who has the ability to put His finger right on the idols of our hearts.

The man might have asked ‘how to do’ – what he was asked to do, but he didn’t.

As I write these words – I examine myself to ask what it is I still put-before loving God?

Even with a heart full of gratitude for all the experiences I have had over the years, where intimacy with Christ came as a gift from Him, I realise how easy it is to take steps away rather than towards Him.

It’s easy to prefer the temporal things of this world’s distraction, in a nutshell: ‘it comes naturally’.

Regarding the call of God to walk away from the distractions, lift the cross, and take the burden whilst pushing through to the presence of God – I realise is challenged by the self-life that will always prefer the alternative to doing this.

The Cross of Christ is all about letting go the temporal. It’s all about giving-in to The Father. It’s all about exercising faith and consequently denying self, in order to obtain the greater riches of spiritual experience and the love of God.

The third benefit offered to the young man – was treasure in heaven – or better put – heavenly treasure (19/21) –  which can start now in our experience of seeking first the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6/33)

But we must recognise that this does not come naturally but spiritually.

Unless faith is involved in the exercise of self-denial it can lead to a substitute for self-denial, and self is all the more accommodated and enthroned in our lives. This is a subtle one. Many do not detect the difference.

But Paul refers to it in Colossians 2/23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Self-indulgence is a thing of the fallen nature we live in. From that same nature can come a ‘form’ of self-denial, a pseudo self-denial if you like.

Notice what seems right in self-imposed religion is not true self-denial through faith, because the result as Paul explains has no value against the indulgence of the flesh, (the sinful nature) because it can engender pride and superiority through asceticism, which only adds to the glorification of self.

It is by attending to matters of devotion and prayer, that the ability to leave behind the distracting things of the self-life is strengthened. Strengthening the inner man.

Many engage in ascetic practices, but step into the spiritual-‘unknown’ and leave themselves open to uncharted territory.

They have no experience of Christ in their life through faith, so seek spirituality in their own self-life, by all kinds of practices of self-inflicted punishment. Self denial is not an end in itself.

We need a perfect guide book, to keep us right. The Bible – The Word of God is that guide book.

In it we hear the Son of God calling us to forsake all and follow him (Luke 14/32-4). At the same time we can hear the voice of self telling us not to bother.

As we go to Him and enter into a fresh relationship with Him, we are more able to walk away from – and therefore deny – the selfishness resident within each one of us.

Heading for the new land

headed for the new land

HEADING FOR THE NEW LAND

When I painted this piece – I found the subject suggesting itself, as the painting progressed.

This is usually how it works for me.

It’s an exception as I rarely set out to paint a biblical subject or truth.

But I came across the painting again (it is no longer in my possession and I have forgotten who bought it).

I was consequently reminded and reflected on the fact that I am heading for a new ‘land’.

The heaven of heavens is my destination through no merits of my own – rather because of the fact that, admitting I had no merits – led eventually to finding great grace and acceptance in Christ.

Because of what I have experienced of the heavenly sphere (already) down here in this lower sphere, I believe and therefore I speak.

II Corinthians 4/

13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

I will be raised up passing from this land to the ‘new land’. Who told me that? The person who gave the words as just quoted.

The painting which of course is metaphorical shows horses being changed from flesh to spirit. 

They enter speedily into a land of light, and en route they pass a tree of life. No one can fully and completely enter the light before entering eternal life, represented by the tree.

A tree of life that in Scripture was guarded to prevent man from remaining eternally in sin.

Genesis 3/22

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.

24 …and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

The tree of crucifixion dealt with the sin problem. Allowing man to partake of the other tree and gain eternal salvation and life through Christ.

There is no sword in the painting – to prevent the entrance to eternal life.

The painting is of course in watercolour – still a fresh and beautiful medium. Just like the gospel message.

Selah.

Poetic Interruption II

After this short poem, it will be time to interrupt my interruptions, ’til next time down the line.

 

ACHIEVIN’

It was ‘some achievement’

Everyone could see that

“Was there more to life than this?”

He asked himself – on a daily basis

He had reached an oasis

Become expert at his trade

Time to move on – perhaps make the grade

In another sphere – or remain here?

If he left he would shed a tear

Or two – saying goodbye to you

You are the apple of his eye

To change this – he couldn’t

As much as he did try

You remained his hidden reason

For achievin’

Poetic Interruption I

To the observant – we have moved from ‘interlude’ to ‘interruption’, perchance I get lost on the Roman numerals. I’m still in poetic mode – before I return to weightier matters. Interruption is not as soft a word as interlude. Nevertheless, I Trust it will be a pleasant interruption in your day.

CHANGE?

You have in mind

Some kind

Of plan not in view

A cerebral plot

Is all you’ve got

But it may not come true

What to do…?

The whole week planned

Every address scanned

One by one you will visit friends

And ask them for the small loan

And ask them to stand by you

What a pickle you’ve gotten into

What a dilemma ensued

This is your last chance

to make amends

After this – entrepreneurship – ends

Still – if friends be friends indeed

You will succeed

And out of the ashes – rise

It’s a great idea – but it’s all you’ve got

One more bite at the cherry

To carry out that plot

But as each – pats you on the back

And money finds no exchange

You at last consider that

Maybe – you – have got to change?

Poetic Interlude XVI

‘UNCONTAMINATION’

By and large there is no charge

It’s free – as free as can be

Breath-it-in as you stroke your chin

Easy as Japanesey – that air tastes good

Or so it should

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

My head spins – better just trust the experts (?)

As I’m told the climate’s all gone wrong

They say ‘stop and turn or it’s all gonna burn’

They say we just can’t go on –

Forlorn for long

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

And eat the right food don’t dispense-with too soon

Preserve and prolong – we are off to the moon

Money makes the world go round – but it’s all gone wrong

So we seek another planet to rest our craft upon

Money nearly gone

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

And what of political correctness?

Anything else to add to the list – if you get my gist?

How about – don’t call a comedian a comedian

Or better not call it ‘stand-up’ in case they prefer a chair

Comedienne now and again

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

In danger of: “I digress…”

I should mention I would wear a mask

But is this lawful or going to offend someone?

To filter the grimy terrain and air pollution

Railway station solution?

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

I have such a limited education – 

I’d best just sit at your feet

And listen to what ‘all gone wrong’ means

Is the global warming-warning – winning?

The battle’s begun

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

My little insignificant self stares at the world

and it’s wealth – plastic bottles on the shelf

The rich list is fine and good if they worked for it

But perhaps somebody at least – should…

Give some away – to de-contaminate

They use their money to breath by going to a place where…

    Where are you? – Let us all know

    As we too would breath your uncontamination

Poetic Interlude XV

It seems I am in a poetic frame of mind, lately. This is poem 15 – take a walk via the ‘old posts’ option at the bottom of this page – to find other Roman numeral headings of previous interludes. If you are so inclined.

 

ITS ALL HAPPENING

Don’t conform to the chloroform of unawareness

We know the signs of the weather but life even less

What’s happening in the bigger picture of things?

Events, events – all in array – see what the next event brings

We peer through the screen, of television, you tube or phone

And see the confusion, the missing chord – not found

Some locked-into their own little world – shutters down

Just getting past negative-emotion’s frown

It’s enough to be staying stable on settled ground

Through breakfast lunch and tea – supper bound

Another day gone through – welcome sleep enshrouds

We Rise the next day to face ‘the maddening crowd’

But the beat goes on – the heartbeat of your daily routine

You look for the new, something extraordinary in your scene

Life peppered with new art, new clothes, new opinion

Hoping to stay bolstered-aloft, above the grime ’s dominion

Damage limitation – is the aim of some

Break out – exercise – jump from the hum-drum

Settling yourself after momentary gain

It’s ‘back in the old routine’ dealing with the strain

So you are not going to live on a deserted island

You’d rather make the best of emotion’s valley or highland

You have a holiday coming up – look on the bright side

Or – wait for it – the spiritual punch – ask The Son to abide.