Category Archives: Prose

Abstracts Together

Abstracts together

(Left to right from the top):

Down through scaffolding
Figure 1
Abstract on the diagonal
Unresolved
Running Animals
Working Guitar

Words passing onto paper as abstracts developed:

Obliterating to find…pen line intuition…passing hooks…cerulean blue with essential direction line…with tension giving lines…without over spending…tie up…shapes vying for attention…multi-filled piece…spiral platform…enmeshed head…patterns in life and art…the work that cranes do…where does it all end…dynamic brought full out…a barrage of abstraction released upon the world…pale fire…an abstract a day keeps the doctor away…only jokin’…laybrynth…this looks better with music…abstract enjoined…don’t let this fool you…

abstracs together

Life’s Culture

Life’s Culture

We love the drum solo
We love the sound of those
harmonious chords
We like this song of quirky sound
We like this poem of balance and
rhythm and rhyme

Great voice –
these words work tenfold
over and
above the norm

Latch on to that saxophone –
how it curdles and percolates
the
coffee of sound

And now reach over and
turn up the volume
For that supremo –
of investigative jazz guitar

Oh Spanish one! How skilful
you play
What’s that you say?
No – haven’t heard of him –
but I will at weekend’s repose

Great work –
originality – is it a long lost word?
– time for it’s resurrection

Be bappa bappa ba –
bappa bappa ba…
Do you know that one?

Lend me that book would you?
The cover splurge stirs my interest

A new what shop? Record shop?
Wow! Back in time here we go…

See you in the restaurant with
my MP3’s
A slice of cake?
Hmmm no….

Paint me a picture – I want to
order one now
Money has unexpectedly arrived

So I will indulge myself
in one of your works.
Better still I will call up to see
them soon…

No I won’t ask how long it took
to paint
And last but not least –
make sure it’s in watercolour

The simple things in life
Lasting indentations on the brain.

The Prayer Life of Christ

The Prayer Life of Christ.

Jesus addressing Peter says:
But I have prayed that your faith will fail not. (Luke 22/31-33)

This is a very interesting revelation we are offered here – we are given special insight into the private prayer life of the Lord Jesus.

He knows what is going to happen in the life of Peter.
He knows beforehand that Peter will deny Him.
This is the foreknowledge of God operating here.
Knowing something will happen before it actually does.
God knows everything that will happen before it does.

We are conscious of a fact of life. Namely, that life consists of the past, the present, the future. But even as I speak we are not in the present anymore.
The present in one sense does not exist. Because time will not stand still.

‘As I…’ (…let’s stop there).

the ‘As I…’ has just passed away.

We are in a different present than the one we were in – a few seconds ago.

But God knows what will happen in a few hours time, everywhere in the world.

God is in eternity. Now is eternity – time without end? Or is eternity a dimension in which there is no time, no past present or future? The eternal now.

Well, the bible tells us – we only know ‘in part’. And there is a day coming for all believers in Christ when we shall no longer know ‘in part’, but know – even as God knows us. (I Corinthians 13/9)

We shall have the total eternal perspective on existence.

Jesus knew the future for Peter – and He tells him so. Tells Peter that he (Peter) will deny Him (Jesus).

Peter has no intention of believing this word. Based on his inner sense of love for Jesus, and his zealous desire to be faithful.

Matthew 26/33 : Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus knew that Peter would stumble, and deny Him. Knowing he would, Jesus took a certain course of action.

He knew Peter would sin in this way. He knew the ‘disaster’ would happen. He did not prevent Peter from denying Him.

Peter had freedom of choice which was not taken away from him. Nor is it taken from you or I.

There is a day of reckoning (commonly called) – when the goodness of God must put an end to all that is destructive, at which time, on which day, the rebellion of free will – set on – the rebellious violation of goodness and righteousness, must be stopped.

Jesus did not pre-arrange a situation for Peter in order to keep him from that hour of temptation.

Peter had to be there. He was one of the most zealous of the disciples, even though he was perhaps the one most exposed in scripture regarding his personal shortcomings and failings.

Now the disciples already knew the Lord’s prayer. Peter did not (as far as we know) pray that prayer on hearing the prophesy of Jesus. (about his denial and the cock crowing – Mark 14/30)

He didn’t believe The Lord’s prophetic word, because he didn’t want to believe it.

Nobody who is a genuine Christian wants to believe they will fail the Lord.

And it should be our hearts desire every day to walk with Him without failing Him.

But we are still encompassed with the infirmity of our own limited flesh. Referred to in scripture as ‘this body of death’. So unfortunately we shall fail The Lord, and need to return in humility once again. There will be many ‘once again’s’ in the Christian life.

But by the Grace (unmerited favour) of God we do not lose our place of salvation, while we return to our Advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous. The one who is the propitiation for our sins. (appeasing God’s righteous indignation and supplying offered forgiveness)

Returning to our initial thought in this post. We are given insight into the prayer life of The Lord Jesus, as He communes with His Father continuously. Leaving us an example to do the same.

‘I have prayed the Father that your faith fail not’. prayed Jesus.

Wow! But surely Peter did fail? Yes he failed and denied the Lord, despite every intention initially, of not doing so.

But thanks to Jesus praying and agreeing with His Father – Peter was not cast off as a failure.

The good news is – he returned!

He went out and wept. And his mistake was an occasion for God to teach him a wonderful lesson, that he would learn more deeply for the rest of his days.

The lesson of how to walk with God in a Christ-dependant manner.

Not only dependant on Christ for salvation and eternal (future) life only.

But a lesson in learning how to walk with Jesus minute by minute, even in His earthly absence, after He (Jesus) had departed to be with the Father.

Walking in other words with The Holy Spirit, as his constant companion.

Peter’s bravado was based on his own ability. Our own ability will fail us when it comes to spiritual matters.

We must learn to live in the Holy Spirit and to walk in the Holy Spirit.
Faith gives us entrance into a relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ.

The outcome of that faith is a spiritual experience whereby we literally encounter God, The Holy Spirit, and having begun in The Spirit – we shall not be perfected in the strength of our own natural ability. (Galatians 3/3)

To encounter Jesus in this way is the most wonderful experience possible, this side of heaven.

To have our guilt removed by the Highest authority in existence. To satisfy God Almighty’s sense of Justice and at the same time to receive His forgiveness and freedom from condemnation and guilt, is or can be, a Time Surpassing any other in your life and mine.

All made possible through the finished work of Christ on the cross, where justice had it’s day and forgiveness was released to those who would ask for it.

Bearing in mind that God is omniscient (all knowing) – we conclude from this episode in Peter’s life that man’s freedom of choice, and God’s freedom of choice, go unhindered.

Whether man decides (volition) or not to satisfy God’s loving commands, there is always a place for returning to God, when, like Peter, we make a mistake.

However there is a sobering scripture addressing a lack of returning to God:

Whoever is stubborn [stiff-necked] after being corrected many times will suddenly be hurt [broken] beyond cure [healing]. (EXB translation – Proverbs 29/1)

Always a place for returning to God.
Unless we choose to die without doing so.

Unpremeditated Rejection

‘UNPREMEDITATED’ REJECTION

(‘Can I give you this to read…?’ one man asked.

The other man responded…)

Sorry I don’t have time to read it.

Can we talk?

No…
…well two minutes max.
All right five – no more.

Sorry can’t go there at this time.
Too much writing on this literature –
here take it back
– I can’t take it in
at a glance… –
…so I’m afraid, you have lost me.

What’s it about anyway?
Just tell me.
Give me the gist.

No, – sorry, can’t relate. Must move on.
No – really I’m already late.
Maybe some other time.
Sorry not at the moment.

‘Life changing?’ – well…
that’s subjective…

Ok send me an email.
I will try to get round to it.
‘Time and tide and all that…’
So adios amigo…

no…

No!
Now you are getting a little obnoxious!

No, I’m not saying that I have
‘already concluded it isn’t for me’
it’s just I can’t read it right now – ok?

Ok?

So look –
nice to have met you –
but I must fly.
Hope you find somebody who has the time…
So long…

…not my cup of tea anyway
by the sound of it.
I don’t do religion.
All right?

All right…have a nice day.

Now hear this!

NOW HEAR THIS.

Now hear this! Now hear this!
All manner of persons go forth
and multiply…

Multiply goodwill towards all men
See to it – pronto

You all know
That’s the way to travel

Willing another’s highest good
But in return
you might get a stomach churn

As man’s inhumanity to man
in churlish action
drops his fellow man to the ground…

…for what might sound a reasoned cause
But becomes a mess of wires crossed

As violent natures all askew
Throw caution to the wind and
unrestraint
casts aside

all but the
cuckoo’s eggs

I only am left?

But there is seven thousand who
have not bowed the knee to Baal

Of sober exchanged character they be
who follow the dove and the lamb
to see

If the time has arrived for departure.

And what’s more they often in rickety
ride are tossed for a time
but
– return, rest, renew, – peace sublime

Finding themselves again
at His feet
What does this mean?

Run out of steam and
they gain a greater strength

Strength to endure
to the end
and
so shall be
– fully set free

The End Once Before

THE END ONCE BEFORE

Nothing left as was…
No ancient time of stuff
still standing

Nothing further to say
No Albatross or
penguin waddle
No one about

No further glimpse
of something new

Just marking time

And when it’s you (Noah)
you give all you’ve got

To help these creatures
find non-extinction

All these in a row
Into the ark they go

As it was in his day
Two by two of every kind

Where you there?
Then you don’t know
If it was otherwise

“But…” says
contradictions voice
You weren’t there either

Exactly Monsieur
So the only proof either way

Is not a man’s theory
of origins
But a reference book
Out permanently on loan
on freedom’s library ticket

Look for yourself –
The story is told
of flood – rain induced
– of deluge overwhelmingly
great – and as it was in those days
– so shall it be
before the next Great phenomena.

As it was in flood’s time
So it shall be in latter day
Giving and taking in marriage
still around
Skeptic unbelief and disdain
for the
Noah man’s message

Man’s heart only evil continually?
Well –
“it’s not ‘dark’ yet but it’s getting there”

The flint strikes the steel
A metaphor
for the glimpses of light
That show the way out
of the dark tunnel of
spiritual darkness

Climb on board two by two
three by three
Whatever it takes

Listen to the trumpeted message
In your own heart
Calling you
to call upon
The name of The Lord.

Country and City

COUNTRY AND CITY

And as he looks out over the parapet
of the hill on high
He adopts a studious stare
And steps outside himself to
have a look
at his philosophical pose

Acting like his own mirror
he adjusts his hat
and re-engages his stare
And his contemplative pose

Who knows
he may (in his unbelief)
come up with something.

Something to explain this vista that
stretches out before his eyes
Look at it.
Look at the nooks and crannies,
the highs and lows of bulbous
mounds that
outline into abstraction
when seen another way

Looking again –
“What do you see?” He asks himself
I see greens and blues and
purples and browns and
greys and yellows…
and stones and bracken and
mingled entertaining nuances of
stick upon stick
and glimpses of hidden rocks and
exposed heather

“What do I see indeed..?”
Miles and miles…

This will do for now
This moment and moments
will pass
And back to the city I must go

Bringing with me a
wrecked jigsaw memory of it all

But the city has its own character –
I will studiously stare-it-out too –

Until it produces something
– unto a completed picture
Jigsaw wrecked again by
another trip to the country regions
of outskirts

“Where shall I dwell in my old age?”
is another question
Unanswered until old age

To claim one above the other is to
flip a coin and leave it to chance.

But if I am to be a promo man –
the country has stolen the edge
To give you the invitation:
“Go west young man, and
spare not the horses…”

Can’t bring back

CAN’T BRING BACK

They couldn’t bring themselves
to a higher way of life
Like stair steps whether coming up
or going down
Up-down – like some leg exercise
in mental gymnastics

Holding still – to some meditation ideas
from early new age-ism
Now long abandoned
apart from a cursory glance
of acknowledgement
from time to time,
maybe when a news item
made a reference to such.

Still settled though – on old vinyl records
and memory reels of the swinging decade
Residues of long hair and flower shirts
Beads and on-shoulder braces
Bell-bottoms buried in closets –
too tight by now

Still leaning though – on elbows
and perusing old books
of Carnaby street ‘followers of fashion’
You can’t stick a dart through
these old things
to freeze your life into the past

“Who are these ancients?”
the younger do ask
The last generation – two back from here
Life for them would never disappear
Held up in heroic contemplation
But gone – long gone –
fold away your reminiscences
and retire to the lounge…

You won’t bring this back –
It’s not around
‘Cause time has moved on
to harder times
Even with eclectic mixes
And so forth and so on
All must accept – memories
don’t bring things back
So best to have perpetuity
pressing towards
the mark
for the prize of the high call…

Predisposed

sun dont smokejpeg

…or does it?

PREDISPOSED*

Now there* is an interesting word.
Let’s get the dictionary definition –

predisposed (ˌpriːdɪˈspəʊztd)
adj
inclined to or susceptible to beforehand…

That’s the nutshell of how I’m considering the word. Surely being predisposed can be either a good thing or a bad?

Being a racist means we are predisposed to snubbing or at worst hating someone from a different race than ours. Unacceptable.

If we rise each day and go jogging because we are predisposed to exercise – can’t be bad don’t you think?

If someone, through army training, are predisposed to keeping things tidy and in order – it surely can’t be bad?

Being predisposed to stealing, having acquired the habit unchecked through a spoilt childhood of always getting our own way in everything. As Goofy would sing: “well, the world owes me a livin’ . A predisposition – that needs changed.

We can often quickly detect if on visiting someones blog, we are not going to gel with what they have to say. And often on further examination – our opinion will not change, but I’m trying – through self-examination, to detect if I have any predispositions on things I ought not to.

So I guess I’m simply saying: ‘How about catching it on, if we – too readily – dismiss the beginning of someone’s post, without giving it due consideration, because we have a bias or predisposition to reject the subject’, or reject the first expressed opinion we encounter.

There are certain subjects, posts, we pretty much know right away – ‘not my cup of tea’.

But let’s go for the two(?) minute rule.

At least Survey the post just to make sure.
(Give it two minutes of our time.)

As a rule of thumb, does that seem fair?

Stay where you are?

STAY WHERE YOU ARE?

I have been leading prayer meetings. And preaching on a Sunday. And writing blog posts.
Art will soon be ‘SPRING-ing’ up again.
When I sort out my work shed (studio)

Meantime…

I would like the inhabitants of the world to do exactly what I tell them.
But I am not a betting man.
So I won’t bet on it coming to pass.

I was thinking about the many thought processes people engage in. Whether it’s some mathematical equation – or learning of a medical kind, or maybe re-reading your scientific notes on the ‘origin of the species’.

Think of the intellectual horns that are often locked in many different fields, as view opposes view. Opinion versus opinion.

A ruler named Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” (speaking as he was to Paul the apostle).

To the average intellect – it is plain to be seen that this Ruler – was somewhat disturbed from his comfort zone, as Paul the apostle presented a message to his ears, and to those close by.

Festus was in a certain place intellectually – and cemented into his own way of going, his own way of living. Set in his ways, as we say – and feeling uncomfortable – he grasped for a response from his own reference data, filed away under the heading of *’my personal philosophy about life’.

Everybody has one of *those, so it is not hard to conclude that he was no exception.

A file containing the things we have established consciously and unconsciously that determines our lifestyle, goals, aspirations, outlook on a myriad of subjects, and – as we think in our hearts – so we are.

Enter Paul – disturber of our certitudes shaker of our mattress and bedclothes – turning-over our bed and throwing us onto the floor of his gospel.

React, react, react. Only way to handle this intruder – who has come to turn our world upside down. This would demand a change in us (were we to entertain it) – therefore ‘much learning does make him mad’, is the most comfortable response. Warding off his intrusion, and the intrusion of Christ.

‘I will stay where I am thank you very much’ – tucked up in the comfort of a bed of half-truths.

Then King (Herod-) Agrippa II, the other man in authority – responded: “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am…”

Acts 26.