(Google stock image. Image description: A tall wooden cross stands to the right – at a slight angle – pulling the focus upward. It is set against a blue sky with light clouds.)

 

Poems on the Holy Spirit’s call to repentance and life on Pentecost.

 

Reject

Reject the outside

Can’t have the new

Run away from the other

At all costs

Distrust

Self-preserve

Self-protect

Self-Surround

Contain

A Skeptic

Resolute

Suspicious fully

welcome refused

Indefinitely

Select only what you already know

Wear the mask of perfection perfectly

Don’t ever consider taking it off

Wing from your mind your deep need

Your wrinkled woeful worrisome need

Fear the different

Forget hospitality

For knowledge is to be found only within

you know it all already

You…

You

Listen not to the herald

Of his coming

Listen not to the voice

Crying out

Listen not

To the one himself

Yet to you he came

He has come

Yet not received

Yet not recognised

homeless stranger

From the holy house

You did not make a home for him

Yet he made a true home for you

Complete

You…

You

Corrupt

Careless

Child of dust

You

Oh Rebellious House

The door swings wide

Open

Will you yet say

You still have no need to enter?

—–

Save yourself

Save yourself

And

Lose your life

All your hold most dear

Extravagant overspending

Of what was given generously

You have given yourself

Away

You are bound

Fettered to the raging wind

And not free

As you think

Though you don’t know it

You are out of control

Cast to the sea

Of your ever storming heart

This can be the day

Your heart finds

True joy

This can be the day

Where you are resurrected

Here the porch light lit

The Father watchful

The final Adam

Has cleared the way

The spirit points your compass

home

He waits

Tenderly

For you

Gazing every watch

Of the day and night

Your chair

Is

At the table

Child

Come home

—-

Hosanna

Save us

We cannot save ourselves

our starting point

And truest prayer

Hosanna

Cried out

Voices hoarse

We have tried it all

We are still thirsty

We have tried it all

And have made ourselves ill

Hossana

Save us Lord

From all that seems to harm us

Save us from all evil

Save us

Jesus

Save us

From our

Shadow places

Lukewarm tendencies

And delusions of control

Our night-obscured souls

Save us from our

Illusions of the self

Distorted

Not whole

Hosanna

Save us from ourselves

Hosanna

For

We cannot save ourselves

Hosanna in the highest heaven

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