May 16, 2007

Verses for the Prophets of Doom

on the Eve of the Ascension
“they shall mount up with wings as eagles” — Isaiah 40:31

They told us we were surely doomed,
that we were going to die.
“You’re heading for a cliff!” they boomed —
— not knowing we can fly!

They told us just how wrong we were
and sundry other things.
In this we simply can’t concur
because we trust God’s wings.

So loving hearts will always soar
where judgment counsels fear.
We’ll fly with him whom we adore:
Love marks the Way that’s clear;
His Truth our light,
His Life our flight.
Come risen Lord, draw near.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG — May 16, 2007


June Butler said...

Tobias, I won't comment, lest I tempt you toward the capital sin of pride.

Your poem has already tempted me toward covetousness, but I'm determined to fly away.

R said...

Beautiful. This lifted my spirits on a "bad hair" day.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

But then we paused, remembering
Jesus on the Temple mount--
For jumping off a dangerous cliff is
Something surely that would count
as "tempting" of the Lord thy God(Aside from whether angels nod...).

with apologies........

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Touché... although I was actually thinking of "They took him to the cliff that overlooked their town; but passing through the midst of them he went on his way..."

Anonymous said...

Very interesting.

And nice verse. Forgive my goofiness. One of those days.....

Nina said...

Delightful! It's like George Herbert with a twinkle in his eye.

Anonymous said...

Or to quote a poem by Apollinaire

"come to the edge, he said
They said, we are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came. He pushed them,
And they flew."