Monthly Archives: September 2021

Blogging – what again!?

Blogging – what again?

Just a note (or two) on blogging.

I don’t know if it is a ‘leftover’ from having lived a few previous decades before this one – long enough in fact, to not be totally enamoured with our IT/computerised-village-green communication substitute – world.

Where everyone meets online – rather than sitting on a bench in the village square.

This square or oblong glassed fish tank in front of us bloggers, robs us of the sweetness of actual live, in-the-flesh, camaraderie meet-ups — for the exchange of news and ideas by orally traditional means.

All kinds of other by-products being the result of this front-of-screen fellowship. With the resulting lose of many precious human face-to-face communicative experiences.

Like the proverbial ‘nod-and-a-wink’, ‘audible mutual hearty laughter’, ‘would you like a sweetie (candy)?’, ‘the look on your face – ha ha ha!’, ‘physical pats on the back’, the ‘actual colour’ observation of the sweater you are wearing’ and so on. 

I’m not putting this loss down to Covid – which only added to the drift of how humans are separating and substituting basic great-connecting-bliss, for something much less and Zombie-ish – practices.

I’m just going to stop there. As I am getting way off my real reason for this short post. Laughing at my own detour.

So take the above as the pontification of a gentleman who is as young as you – but a lot older. (😅)

Blogging: – we all (I think) have run the full gamut of thoughts that come and go over the period of time we have been blogging.

One by one a lot of the thoughts that might cause us to do things differently – disappear – without any action being taken.

There are of course still plenty of ‘how to’ posts to be found on all the passing queries that have entered and exited our minds, with regard to the whole subject of ‘to blog or not to blog that is the question’

How to increase traffic for instance and…

To prove my point I will now stop there at the ‘…’

I will refrain from mentioning all the other blog facts and factors, outlooks and recommended actions, forsaking the desire to sound like I have brilliantly covered the subject to the applause of the balcony.

Not hard to forsake my measly knowledge on the subject.

I am in fact ‘a mole and I live in a hole’.

My hole is a pleasant one – where I reflect on better times. Maybe I’m talking of my man cave? My time warp man cave.

Is it an actual Man Cave you might ask?

No, just rather, a place of comfort via reminiscing.

Maybe if someone just reblogged my stuff ad infinitum, that would save me from having to enter the 21st century and actually do something to ‘promote’ this blog?

What you hear is someone who has drifted into doing his post every few days (and little else technically).

Still – one must write – and here I could give you all kinds of reasons why I must, as you could – me.

So is there anything new under the blogging sun?

Yes – your next post.

Now hear this…

NOW HEAR THIS (Properly)

There is much that vies for our attention, in this day and age, perhaps more than in any other. One of the main reasons for this of course, is the fact that the different means of communication have exploded.

We are bombarded with images like never before. Bombarded with options like never before. Bombarded with advertisements like never before. Bombarded with opinions like never before and so on…

And yet with all of this communication overload, we ask the question(s): How much of this overload do we really take in? How much should we take in? What should we refuse?

In a spiritual context, Jesus addressing others said this:

…“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Many heard Him but only a percentage listened to Him.

The listening that was necessary to really ‘get’ what He said could be described in this way: Listen and learn by inwardly digesting.

It is possible to be constantly learning in the sense of being confronted with information overload, and yet never actually coming to a knowledge of the truth.

We find this in II Timothy 3/

always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

To really grasp what this means, will take more than the cursory glance, that you, in the course of reading this post – might give it. Same with all the things of God.

It could be suggested: ‘What’s the point in continuing on, in this post, and supplying further information of a spiritual nature, when it will not be properly and with effort, inwardly digested?’

Well – there will be those who seek – and they will find.

(At this point the blogger calmly put his coat on and walked out of the room, oblivious to everyone’s response…) 😍

Literature Demise

LITERATURE DEMISE

He wrote a piece that fell

on a multitude of ears

Inwardly digested by a fair amount of 

inward digestive systems

That is – I mean – what I’m trying to say is…

Taken on board – by a stumbled-on – majority

That made it brilliant – a brilliant piece of literature

The critics agreed and made speed

In hastening their accolades of much vaunted praise

But was it so?

Was it made much of – only in it’s time?

Whilst passing years eroded it – to demise

Only discovered again many moons later

Up from the grave of disregarded dusty stories

To rise short-lived for a while

But never regaining it’s ‘heavyweight champion’ status

What you make of words – it’s up to you

Alone you make the pilgrimage to the grave

The grave where the accident happened

Laying your yearly wreaths at the stone of

An old hardback copy – no one wants to read

Another Coffee

ANOTHER COFFEE

Over and across from the coffee shop

was a coffee shop

What a strange idea she got – in her head

To leave one coffee shop

And cross-over to the other

With hardly a time gap between

                       …

But – she did it

To her own surprise – she did it

“What kind of nonsense is this” she thought

Ordering a Latte but not in a tall glass

She never liked tall glasses

                       …

Whilst collecting her drink

She glanced round the room

As though the room could speak

And tell her why on earth

She had gone for another

coffee elsewhere?

                       …

So finding a space in the busy place

She sat staring straight ahead

Hardly even wanting the coffee

Just at this point…” she thought

In this story…” she thought

“Something should justify this move”

                       …

But instead the traffic noise outside

Drowned her in her own thoughts

She struggled through her drink

Not knowing what to think

Back from the dead

BACK FROM THE DEAD

Here is someone, making request, that a dead person come back from the dead and preach to his unbelieving family. He is taking  it for granted that such a back from the dead preach – will guarantee they do not enter the place of torment he was in, because they will believe.

Luke 16/

27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent*.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded** though one rise from the dead.’ ”

Sometimes It is not a bad idea to be able to simplify and ‘boil down’ to one or two salient points, certain ponderings we might have.

What is being communicated in the above verses, is that – what one might consider an infallibly persuasive proof of the truth of life after death and the need to repent, (i.e. someone coming back from the dead) – in fact is not a guarantee of necessary persuasion** that comes to those who will believe in God.

If someone you know that has died – appears to you tonight in your bedroom as you are nodding-off to sleep, one would imagine, such an experience would guarantee from that moment on, that you would become an out-and-out believer in Jesus Christ as Lord, because of the warning they would bring. But in itself it is no guarantee.

So again – here we read that someone coming back from the dead and sharing the reality of the afterlife with you – is no guarantee that you will choose to receive Christ and thereby inherit eternal life.

Something else must take place before the faith you have is true saving faith, the faith that pleases God and the faith He is looking for from every human being on the planet, before eternal life is guaranteed.

In this context therefore, we read that there is no guarantee, even though reached by a person ‘back from the dead’ that someone, will repent* (change their mind) and become a dedicated follower of Christ Jesus The Lord.

It reads: ‘neither will they be persuaded** though one rise from the dead.’

So what will persuade you and I to follow Christ? We are given the answer:

When we hear the Word of God from the Old or New Testaments, as given by the prophets, (Old Testament prophets and New Testament prophets or apostles as the case would also be), and believe – i.e. commit our lives to the One who gives us this bible truth (i.e. Jesus the Christ).

So the five unbelieving brothers if they had rejected the bible, would also reject any idea that they should come to Christ and forsake sin, even though one back from the dead was to bring the message, that they should do so.

Jesus exhorted others to believe in Him, to believe His words, or to believe Him because of the miracles He had performed. And yet the Pharisees and others refused to do so. Jesus, as in John 1/14 – is shown clearly to be The Word of God. The Word made flesh. The Personification of all truth.

John 14/ Jesus said:

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

The Pharisees would often unbelievingly ask for a sign from Jesus. 

They had no intention of believing in Him. Even when they witnessed miracles they still would not believe, and turn to Him in acknowledgement of His Messiahship.

They were part of the generation – the evil and adulterous generation – who looked for a sign.

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it

The heart and mind must open to the Word of God – only by so doing is the whole reality of all that Christ both began to do and to teach, consequently able to dawn upon us.

This will bring the revelation to us, of our need to bow our knees and receive Him as King of kings and Lord of lords.

So this Bible is the most important document on the face of the earth, – yes the all time best seller – but more than that, a God-given, God-ordained means of reaching mankind with the message that leads to eternal life.

John 20/

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Madly feeble

MADLY FEEBLE 2021

Madness.

No – not the pop group.

According to the dictionary, madness refers to one or all of three definitions:

* The state of having a serious mental illness.

* Extremely foolish behaviour

* A state of wild or chaotic activity

All of these ‘conditions’ can cause great anxiety, pain, and sorrow, in those who observe them in another loved one.

We don’t want those we love to be foolish, involved in wild and chaotic purposeless activity, or suffer from mental illness.

A great sense of inadequacy comes over us when we seem to be ineffective in helping them.

I Thessalonians 5/14

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

This is God’s tall order that we can only begin to obey with His enablement.

The word feebleminded here can be translated (and is) faint-hearted, or discouraged.

This scripture therefore may or (may not) directly apply to those who are mad, in that, it is not directly addressing such.

When I first read the word ‘feebleminded’ – I half-embraced the idea that they, were those, who had mental problems. But an actual  mental illness? I wasn’t so sure.

We have all heard of a ‘feeble excuse’.

Someone who is weak or poor in demonstrating what they are reputed to be good at, is usually referred to (unkindly) as ‘a feeble excuse for a goalkeeper’, another example might be – demonstrating ‘a feeble attempt at trying to be a gardener’, or ‘a feeble contender for the boxing crown’ and so on.

Feeble.

My opening presentation of my subject matter has changed into a study of the word feeble.

Not many would use the adjective ‘feeble’ when describing for example – a ‘nutty’ kind of drummer who sets instruments on fire or who gesticulates facially and impudently, demonstrating that ‘he doesn’t give a …….’ (Not sure what word to use here)? How about ‘toss…?’…about living a constructive and stable life.

But is not such an attitude mad and feeble?

We have all seen examples of those who were hell-bent on self-destruction to the applause of the crowd.

Sometimes such are salvaged, by being infected with a strong dose of ‘grown-upness’ or ideally salvaged (saved) by finding Christ as Saviour, before it is too late.

To be ‘patched-up’ with ‘grown up-ness’ is better than continuing with an open wound. But to be healed completely is the best option.

In life sometimes, physical healing is greatly delayed. 

To be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healed is what Christ The Lord offers us.

However sometimes the completion or fulfilment of His Promise to do this healing, only takes place in eternity, when we have shed this mortal coil.

There are sure and present promises that He gives, that can be fulfilled now. Here are a few – 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

I’ve experienced this.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

I’ve experienced this.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I’ve experienced this.

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

I am assured of this – but have yet to experience it fully by passing from this life – though eternal life starts now through knowing Him. (See John 17/And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.)

And so one could go on itemising Promises that will be fulfilled now or in the eternal realm.

Either way, whether in this life or the next, these promises cannot fail to be fulfilled, unless we refuse to be the recipients of them.

I started this post on the subject of madness, moved to feebleness, and now I am emphasising the promises of God.

To refuse Christ’s salvation, and a relationship with Him – is madness to me.

Our excuses for not following Him are feeble.

But all His promises are yes and yes and amen and amen.

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God

Soul sale

SOUL SALE

The dark sales pitch – 

“You are that person

With a small circle of friends

Here’s a chance to make money

Here’s an opportunity to realise

That we can promote you and yours

What have you got to sell?

Also what do you want most?

Pray tell us that – as well

Here’s an opportunity

To give the clothes off your back

What’s your name by the way?

Is it Jack? Well Jack…

Today is your day

You have met me at the right time

You will benefit greatly

Just sign on the dotted line

It may be your soul for sale

But souls are dispensable

Think what you will be left with

Loads of money and possessions

Your soul in prison to stay

But prisons are – nicer today”

(Mark 8/36)

Positive only…II

PART II ‘POSITIVE ONLY’ PREACHERS

(see previous blog post for part I)

I am not drawing a comparison with the ‘positive only’ preachers and the Pharisees, but Jesus instructed his disciples regarding the Pharisees – 

saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.

So we learn from this, that anything that is backed by the Word of God we must ‘amen’ asking God to help us embrace it and see it manifest in our lives.

But bear in mind the preachers of all things positive, also need to grow in grace. 

Their presentation of the 100% pure word of God, they are publicly reading and referring to, – is in fact, being referred to and read – by those who are subject to like passions (sin) as everyone else.

The transmission of the divine thoughts given to prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah etc. were pure, and they received the Word of God, in a state of Grace whereby the Holy Spirit suspended their sinful nature leaving the Word they received uncontaminated by flesh.

Isaiah 6:6-8

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;

Your iniquity is taken away,

And your sin purged.”

No earth-born though born-again preacher or prophet will be used in that way again, after the close of the cannon of Scripture. We can only expound the Word imperfectly. Not because the Word is errant but we are, and need to maintain a place of humility as we handle this Word of Truth.

Proverbs 30/4-6

Every word of God is pure;

He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

Unintentional though it may be when we listen to ‘positive only’ preachers there can be  a frustration one can experience because we are left feeling we ‘do not have enough faith’.

Due to the hyper-positive presentation it can seem affirmed that ‘It is your fault that you don’t get healed.’ And so on.

This frustration can challenge or diminish the faith that people already have. 

It can discourage and condemn, even unbeknown to the preachers, and rather than sowing The Word to create faith, frustration at not living up to the mark, can instead be the result.

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, this is the opposite result the faith preachers are trying to achieve.

When Jesus corrected unbelief there was always a positive outcome. Why? Because He was/is The Son of The Living God!

The gentleman who cried out: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”– had unbelief, but still obtained a positive outcome because The Sovereign Lord saw his humility and healed his son, despite his limited faith. (Mark 9/24)

God is so for us – He marvels at the unbelief of humans, who fail to grasp the fact that He is.

Often what ‘Positive Only’ (again – my description) preachers do not refer to from the pulpit – is the struggles that all Christians and non-Christians can experience.

It might be an idea and would possibly help, if they were vulnerable enough to admit their own struggles. And to add how they overcame by faith, (if that is the case).

But they choose to emphasise God’s perspective, and I can understand this.

But knowledge ‘puffs up’, and if ‘successful’ preachers, are not careful, spiritual pride can creep in, and the enemy can get an undetected hold.

The danger of this sin of pride, God was aware of, when He faithfully dealt with Paul the apostle.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 

This (Paul), is the same man – who was perhaps the prime example of someone who celebrated the promises of God, more than anyone, and saw the miracle working power of God in action, time and time again. The same man who said:

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…

With our limitations, common to man, we must come to The Lord and exercise the faith we have, in the hope of further increase.

But I would suggest – that increase will only come with the revelation of The Holy Spirit, and not by paying lip-service to the preacher.

Nor will it come by mental gymnastics that hope to manifest the miracle working power of God without enduement from On High.

Mental agility that tries to manifest spiritual realities without the enabling power of The Holy Spirit, will not do.

We must look for the manifestation of The Holy Spirit – yes even in such a day as this! Why? Because…

7 …the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

Notice it is profitable to all.

Let’s finish with the words of Paul:

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

‘Positive Only’ preachers

POSITIVE ONLY’ PREACHERS

PART I

There is a certain kind of preaching which is A to Z, wall to wall, positive.

We could say it’s the best kind.

Some Christians have experienced only a little of what ‘100% positive’ preachers preach. 

[But then again who can make such a statement – as to what other Christians have experienced when it is subjectively between you and God?

How much you have experienced of the Divine nature, just as a measure of faith is given to each Christian, is determined by our hunger for The Living God, and the acts of Grace The Lord of all, deems suitable for each individual. Though Saving Grace is equally exercised for all. (II Peter 1/4) (Romans 12/3).

Conversely it is true that the depth to which, we have experienced God, will show in our lives.]

Christian knowledge is true knowledge when accompanied or married-to spiritual experience (of the Christian kind of course).

I am not overly familiar with the controversies that some folks engage in with regard to criticising what I think is called ‘Word of Faith’ preachers. (?)

I personally only see preachers. What they preach I try to discern on an individual sermon per sermon basis.

Many of the ‘Positive-only’ preachers (my description), emphasise faith, faith, faith.

Rightly so – they refer to all the promises of God – 

II Corinthians 1/

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

We are challenged to believe the promises, embrace them, and allow the Holy Spirit to make them real, real, real.

When you listen to faith-(‘only’?) preachers, their main concern is to get people out of their limited mentality when it comes to the mightiness of God. 

We as human beings sooooo limit God, in our mental appraisal of His Greatness.

But one is tempted to say we are in good company. If you consider Peter and the rest of the disciples good company (?).

I’m guessing we could objectively conclude, that they did not live up to what the faith preachers, would perhaps suggest should be in everyone’s life, permanently, perpetually.

Conversely, once we concede perversely, that ‘all spiritual blessings in heavenly places’ –  somehow should ‘not!’ be in our daily lives, then we go against God’s desire for us. (Eph. 1/3)

But the reality of the disciples limitations is also apparent:

Mark 9 – 17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”

The disciples openly (howbeit privately to Jesus) confessed their limitations:-

Matthew 17

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

When we think of how Peter was used after Pentecost, we can see his/their improvement was down to the work of The Holy Spirit’s actual manifestation/moving, and not just to their mental/spiritual faith development.

So the next time you marvel at how little faith you seem to have, marvel too at how little Peter, James, John, Andrew, et al also initially had.

The ‘Positive Only’ preachers who preach the promises, or simply the Word of God, can seem to be in a league of their own. Elite, untouchable, head and shoulders above the rest of us.

The reason we can perceive them as such – is because they preach The Word of God, and emphasise, rightly, all the promises of God, and all that Christ has purchased for us on the cross, and so it seems that they are swimming in a faith-filled, problem-less existence, where they have only success, success, success.

Unless they tell us of their failures also (?).

As a possible consequence of ‘positive only’ preaching (again my term for it), we can be persuaded to consider that they are as perfect as The Word they preach, (the Bible) and that they have it together 100%. Whereas if such were the case there is no room for improvement, or spiritual growth in their lives.

If what they preach is in The Word, then we aught to embrace it and seek to live-it-out – miracles an’ all.

But sometimes these preachers, in correcting those who have criticised them, or their ‘positive only’ approach, are prone to creating the impression that they (those who criticise them) are lesser individuals, because they do not ‘get’ their positive-plus preaching, or the results that they claim for their lives.

And (it must be also pointed out) that sometimes their critics don’t get what is being preached, because their hearts are skeptical to the point of blatant unbelief.

But it is also possible that those who have faith, are having their present measure of faith undermined and belittled, because it doesn’t fit the preacher’s idea of what it should produce.

Jesus Himself, of course, corrected many:-

O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me…

But Jesus was perfect in thought word and deed and as such is seated at the right hand of God The Father, in the heaven of heavens – as we speak (and forever).

Preachers representing Jesus the Christ of God, must preach The Word (II Timothy 4/2), and all the purity and perfection of that Word.

But they too are ‘works in progress’.

The ‘positive only’ preachers, having preached against those who believe things are unattainable for mortal man – can create the impression that they have ‘arrived’, and perfectly practice and walk by faith.

Again they may not mean to do this – but the impression can be taken from their positive-only stance.

With that message there can be a certain kind of ‘positive dogmatism’, that leaves out of the picture, e.g. the fact that they had a bad day – the other day – and said something in the flesh. Or that something they prayed for didn’t come to pass.

For example, having prayed for someone to be healed, who subsequently rather – died, wouldn’t exactly re-enforce their faith building message. So often this example from their experience is not mentioned.

Unless to make the point, or suggest, that the person who died, didn’t fully embrace faith as they should have. (Which may or may not be the case).

They can’t bring this failed moment, into their preaching as it takes away from the ‘Positive Only’ message.

However someone listening carefully to a ‘faith/positive only’ ministry, may discern correctly, hints of imperfection, in the course of their presentation of all things bright and beautiful.

That’s just how it is – people not only get the benefit of God’s gifting in an individual whether as an apostle, prophet or teacher, but also we receive the ‘benefit’(?) of their limitations and idiosyncrasies.

(Look for Part II in a few days time)

Born a second time?

Born a second time? 

There is no doubt that approaching the things of God in a cold theological way is not enough when it comes to being convinced that you should give your life over to The Son of God, – done so – through prayer.

But what’s the difference between studying presented truth, perhaps presented in some book of theology from whatever source and coming into a Living relationship with The Christ of God?

There is no fixed way that a person must adhere to, when it comes to experiencing the born again experience. No fixed way in the sense that every personality is different and must discover God’s working in their life, as it lines up with His Word.

The term ‘born again’ is found in the gospel of John 1/1:

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

So Jesus is calling all, to an experience that He calls ‘being born again’.

Unless one is born again…..

Well – unless one is – we cannot see, – experience, – understand – know the things of God as God intended us to know them.

However many have started their born again journey in the very way I have suggested at the beginning – namely: in a cold theological way.

The reason for this is that such a person may be genuinely looking for the answer or answers regarding this born again experience.

And as I have stated before a number of times – the door of truth must be gone through or initially sought before this born again experience can take place.

Buy the truth and do not sell it—

    wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

Notice I have clumped these few verses together without even giving the references – simply to say these verses could be the start of the search that will bring you to the born again experience.

Rather than elaborating on the ‘how to’ – let this be the start of your own search of the scriptures, if as yet you have not been born again.

Acts 17/11

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

Coming over?

COMING OVER?

(fiction)

Friends were coming over

The long pause of waiting ended

A knock came to the door

It wasn’t the friends who were coming over

It was a parcel delivered by a man

Who held the parcel in his other hand

                          …

While handing the ‘sign here in digital print’

To the receiver who tried to sign – but it didn’t

Operate the way it should – so she stood

And tried to shake-off embarrassment

“It’s ok it never works” said the parcel man

So X marked the spot – like in a map or plan

                           …

Then in she came parcel ’n all

Only to discover while opening the same

That the friends coming over made it quite plain

That the present was an offered appeasement

They couldn’t make it today

Truth is – they were never coming over – anyway