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Selah!

Faith is Also a Bee

Of course you know Paul, the one who ID-ed him as “the son of perdition”; meanwhile, Matthew and Daniel called him an “abomination of desolation”; and not to be outdone, John, who must have been a poet, referred to him as “the Beast from the Abyss” … but they all agreed he would show up at a time of apostasy,

“Abandonment of one's faith …" (I had to look that up), which sounds just about right. Plus, it’s clear all four offered double thumbs-up to the notion that he’d deceive the people, sit himself right down in the temple of God, claim to be God himself, demand fealty—I didn’t have to look that up—and more disheartening, his followers, who I must believe love their kids as much as I love mine, got the fealty thing down pat, bowing and scraping as if he’s a savior, despite that unholy litany of broken commandments, some perverse version of “love the sinner, hate the sin” slithering from their lips as they close deal after deal with a Lucifer in elevator shoes, Brioni suits, a graphic novel villain who despises the meek, loathes the frail, detests all who are common, like you and me—yes, you, yes, me—and our kids—not to mention the wretched refuse of our teeming shores, the ones youknowho, oh yes youdoknowwho, told us are the blessed, would inherit the earth. To you I say Selah! For all of us, I say Selah! For the debauched soul of this angry bullet- riddled nation, I say Selah! (Check the Psalms.)


—SL, New Paltz, NY, June 2023
































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skiwaves
01 juil. 2023

Your words about Richard, what can I say...




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Michael Halminski
Michael Halminski
02 juil. 2023
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Yes, you were.

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Larry Winters
Larry Winters
30 juin 2023

Hey Brother,

We read the same road signs.

We've lost access to our instincts by calling them emotions and kicking them into the coroner, giving the rest of the room to intellect. Then we wonder why each time we consume authority directives or the government shoves them down our throats, and we always become constipated. Then when we vaguely feel we know something, we hide it before someone sees and thinks we've lost our minds. The animal is awakening. The book you mention was to control the human animal by frightening the animal out of the man and training him to obey by teaching him to follow and then closing the stable door.


Go well Larry

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write4hire
01 juil. 2023
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Thank you for writing, my brother -- I hope the animal awakes in time for all of us.

"I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all." ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

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marilyn.bardo
30 juin 2023

One definition of Selah from "Biblestudytools.com" is; "When used as a noun, selah refers to a “cliff or crag.” In verb form, though, it means to “lift up, exalt”. A coincidence with poemsfromthecrag.com???


Yet another poem right on point.

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write4hire
30 juin 2023
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Thank you, Marilyn. Truly. And I had absolutely no idea of any connection to the website. My understanding of the word is to pause and reflect. A really nice--and meaningful--coincidence!

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