Slave To Who?

Riding a mount whose gait carries him across oceans,
Wearing a cloak that darkens the full breadth of land;
He thirsts to inflame our thoughts and provoke our motions,
Against his relentless sowing of corruption who can stand?

But while he delights to torment and make all of life bleak,
Man's foe is not this demon, it's no goblin, no witch, no elf;
Our own hearts deceive us, our arms fail us, we are weak,
The one who assaults and ruins and supplies our hurt, is 'self'.

Yet we imagine the world's hope is to fan some divine spark within,
Pretending spirituality while to our appetites our energies are poured;
Created mortal, bound to material, intoxicated by the flesh, a slave to sin,
Opposed to the adoption, the spiritual birth, and freedom in the Lord.

Born slaves of our fears and desires, feeding to distract from what we long,
We mock His eternal truth yet He became man and knows our need;
The first become the last, the rich must be poor, the weak are made strong,
Asserting ourselves free we serve our stomach, while slaves of Jesus are free indeed.

Through religion we try,
But to live we must die;
It's not about good we do,
It's about being born anew.
Die to self and live to love,
By being born of His Spirit - born from above.

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PHILLYDREAMER 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

This was a really good message. Even without the religious context, it's so true how we have become slaves to our desires. I'll be sure to share this with my poets network.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. If we would just trust in the Lord and untangle ourselves from things like fear that hold us back and chain us in place we'd all do much better and live a fuller life.

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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Mickey, Sir, loved this expression of your religious believes and convictions. So true and yet so unavoidable the dilemma of succumbing to the humane failings or not. Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Very powerful, Mickey! You are so right, we are our own destruction. I think my favorite line in this hub is "Pretending spirituality while to our appetites our energies are poured". We many times try to justify our actions by claiming spirituality. All the while we are trying to convince ourselves that our trials are beyond our control. In actuality, we either purposely or inadvertently bring, encourage and/or tolerate that which makes us weak. We humans must go inside and be true to ourselves. Then decide which direction our lives will take.

Awesome hub, Mickey. You're like Pink Floyd. It takes a while between public offerings, but when you come out with something, you come out big!

Voted up, awesome and beautiful, as are you!

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A beautiful poetic piece I must say....

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

A wonderful message to start the day with purpose, connectedness and a universal reminder of our potential with faith and direction.

Voted UP & Awesome. Hugs, Maria

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Enlightening and inspiring poem Mickey. "Through religion we try,

But to live we must die;

Marvelous message. As Shakespeare said "To thine own self be true."

But, you know what? I prefer YOU to Shakespeare :)

An Awesome and beautiful, useful hub with an UP vote.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This poem is lovely and a wake up call for ones that shout the name of Christ but do not have Him living in their hearts. So many people are taking advantage of suffering, confusion and shame. Giving in to the appetite for worldly things is dooming many people. I really like this poem and thank you for writing it. Hyph

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CyberShelley 4 years ago

Hello Mickey - a very good and wholesome message which I enjoyed. Up, interesting and useful.

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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Can I say wow? My God, I swear I could hear drums in the background as read the poem; so dark; so straight forward; so wonderful. Well done!

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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

PHILLYDREAMER ~ thanks, I appreciate your checking this out and leaving a favorable review.

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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Gypsy Rose Lee ~ thank you so much for the comment, and for the vote up and more . . .

. . . may I ask, did you ever read the finale of Martie's Hubville series . . ? . . I haven't seen a comment on it from you and, I was concerned you weren't troubled by the finish at all . . ?

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Have to check it out. Actually I don't believe I ever got notified about any finale. Odd. OK Will look into it. Thanks for asking.

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