Poem: The Fleeting Nature of Beauty

We know it when we see it
that beauty that makes all else fade

That beauty that is a balm
to all maladies of body and soul

That beauty that makes one say
ah, if only you could stay, it would be alright

That ghostly moon in the early evening
cerulean blue summer sky

That reddish light in the catalpa tree
its’ bold relief, presence strong

Ah, beauty, you are a wonder to behold
if only for your fleeting moments, amidst the refuse

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019

Early Evening Moon photo by Herb Stone
Early Evening Moon by Herb Stone
Light in the Catalpa Tree photo by Herb Stone

Poem: Well this is Good News! Amen.

Well this is Good News! Amen.
the faith, hope, and love of a Creator
who so loves us, is with us, and comes to us,
in so many ways

The Creator come down to us as Jesus of Nazareth
inflowing of the eternal Christ Mystery
lives upon this earth among us as a new thing
both human and divine

Think of the implications of this Good News personally and cosmically

This event in historical time, this tactile lesson, this enfleshment
of the Christ consciousness as to how we live
here and now, on earth (as in heaven)
modeling the God within us all and within all relationships

This perfect antidote
to human hubris
to suffering
to apathy
to alienation
to ego
to empire
to raw power
to control
to violence
to death culture
to captivity

Creator God, Cosmic Christ, Universal Spirit
let me see through thine eyes all things shining
the good, the true, and the beautiful

Amen.

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019

Poem: Pentecost: Christ Third Coming

 

Creator God comes to us in great diversity
from the beginning as the Christ Mystery
a sharing of Love of the God-Self in everything and everyone
infused with Divine purpose and spiritual energy in all Creation

Yet in our failure to grasp the Christ consciousness
and life together in diverse communities of
life, love, and faith, comes the reconsecration
of the baptismal Flood and the humbling at Babel

Yet Creator God comes again in our very presence
Jesus, a new thing, both divine and human
come as a tactile lesson of being and living as God in us,
radical grace and love, as alternative to human’s dominant raw power

Yet in this world of the Roman Empire and captive Israel
the Empire’s power, control, and violence confounds 
our very eyes and ears to the Christ consciousness enfleshed
and the death machine, we, murder him on the cross

Yet our failure and the suffering of that time cannot deny what is to come
Creator God reigns down tongues of fire, the Holy Spirit, equally
upon us all Beloved children, its’ Christ consciousness uniting and lifting us
in our great diversity of unique belonging and sharing in Beloved community

And here and now still in the great flow of the Christ mystery
Creator God imbues us with Christ consciousness
incarnate beings both human and divine in eternal life
in a Cosmos of Light, Love, and Liberation which we must awaken

One thing in its’ great loving expressions of diversity
across all time and space of the great Cosmic flow
and yet specifically concrete in our daily social reality
here, now, and forever sharing Christ consciousness together in kin-dom

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019 Pentecost Sunday

Images

Tongues of fire art by Gertrud Nelson

Blue bird art by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

Pentecost flame photo by Herb Stone

Art by Gertrud Nelson
Art by Keren Dibbins-Wyatt
Photo by Herb Stone

Poem: When Religion is too Small a Thing *

Religion is mostly too small a thing
to grasp the faith, hope, and love
of the Creator, Universal Christ

Too often human’s futile attempt
at earning grace and personal salvation
ending in personal hubris and clannishness

We piously pray and wait
for that which has already come three times
in the creation, Jesus, and the beloved community

God is both personal and universal
the eternal Christ mystery from the beginning
permeating everyone and everything

Getting beyond the merely
personal, human, and parochial
to include the universal, divine, and cosmic

God loves things by becoming them
making them visible, united, and shareable
thus the cosmology of the Universal Christ

Belonging in this flow, all in One
self-emptying and infilling
death and resurrection

O my soul. let me be in you now
looking out at the things you made
all things shining **

 

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019

* Inspired from my reading of ‘The Universal Christ’ by Richard Rohr

** paraphrase of a quote from the screenplay of the  ‘The Thin Red Line’ by Terrance Malick from the novel by James Jones

 

Light Beams Flood the Entryway by Herb Stone

Poem: Yahweh, the God Who Delivers*

“I am Yahweh your God
who brought you out of the land of Egypt
out of the land of slavery
you shall have no other gods before me”**

And so the one true God, I Am, utters
the divine maxim of Light, Liberation, Life and Love
for all eternity, the Alpha and the Omega,
and for all peoples of the neighborly kin-dom

The Lord God told Jeremiah
“Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver You”***
and without fear, he went, he stood, and he spoke

God frees from burden and slavery
God brings up out of the chaos
God delivers from danger
God redeems out of exile

Yes, Yahweh is the God of action
that is intentionally purposeful
who intrudes and interrupts
who transforms personally, socially,  cosmically

God outmatches the powers of oppression
in our lives, in human systems, and in the cosmos
both materially and spiritually
directly and through recruited  human agency

From ancient times and still today
from Pharaoh  through tyrant presidents  and beyond
from Egypt’s slavery through todays’
empires of military-technological death

You!  be a witness, now, of this enduring testimony
of hope and courage, here, in the face of every
absolutizing power which resists the intentions
of God’s Light, Liberation, Life and Love

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019

This poem is inspired from reading Walter Brueggemann’s ‘Theology of the Old Testament.’

Notes:
* A subtitle in Brueggemann’s book describing the specific, concrete action verbs which is the core of Israel’s testimony about their life with Yahweh.
** Exodus 20:2-3
*** Jeremiah 1:8 

ברוך אתה מלך האלוהים שלנו של היקום

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha`olam…

“Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe…”

Poem: When Walls Crumble, the Exilic Journey Begins With a Step

Visions of  great fortress rock foundations
crumbling before my eyes
the very mortar flows out like dust in the breeze

One can peer out through the gaps
until the great walls slowly begins to shift
crumbling thunderously to the ground

A great grinding dissonance
until, at long last, dust silently settling
once again stepping exiled into the solitary desert

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019

Art image, Moses Farewell Song in the Desert, by Lesser Ury

The Authentic Belonging of True Friends Haiku

Finding that friend where
relationship is foretold
is Holy and whole-making

Herb Stone ©
here&now working poetry
June 2019

 

Ollie and the Gang, sailing the Baltic Sea from Helsinki to Stockholm, 2003
Our Havana Friend, Eduardo, visiting in Nashville at Gojo Ethiopian Cafe, TN, 2000

Poem: This Is the Way the Spirit Flows Blessed Beloveds

This is the way the spirit flows
like light in  veins
like gold filling cracked bones
like hearts unfurling
like chakra energy of body and soul

This is the way the spirit flows
like exponential radical acceptance
like unconditional radical love
like dear friends, Beloved
like walking each other home

This is the way the spirit flows
like the kin-dom (instead of the empire)
like the alternative neighborly community
like as in heaven, so on earth
like nations of plowshares and pruninghooks

This is the way the spirit flows
like light flowing over the waters
like breath in the nostrils
like splitting the wood and lifting the rock
like the stars whirring in the great Cosmos

Blessed are the poor in spirit
blessed are the meek
blessed are the merciful
blessed are the peacemakers
blessed are the spirit filled

Beloveds knock and it is answered
beloveds we are lifted up in dignity
beloveds we are receivers of redemption and grace
beloveds we are reconciled to the good of all
beloveds, thou art that

Yes, this is the way the spirit flows
in, with, and through all Creation
blessing all
lifting all
beloved all

Herb Stone ©
here&now working poetry
May 2019

Photo by Herb Stone, Reflections in the Koi Pond
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