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A Quite Conversation With SilentReed
In looking back...
... amongst my early works I found this conversation between another writer and myself done entirely in poetic verse. When I publish it I imagine I will hear from him sooner or latter. I thought however that it deserved its own space. For reasons of content it no longer exists elsewhere so now it might as well dwell here. I now present it for your reading pleasure unedited.
In time of peace we prepare for war,
in time of war we prepare for peace.
The sword of war swings with wild abandon,
cutting a bloody swath across both the innocent and guilty.
Well put my clever friend
and as all might see that as this fated
pendulum swings man can't make up their mind
as to which path to choose
and in the lack of choice they choose to swing
All will return to middle
and then back again until a force
mightier then choice but not enough to rob
a man of will forces the pendulum
to swing in one direction far enough
and with such force
that men will have to choose to come the other way
and there in be stayed.
Of all the forces that might be brought to bare
Justice alone stands apart
to bring the world to such a pass
that blood will sicken in the eyes and throat
and man will destroy their arms
least justice force them to eat their own bullets
and then they will jointly
pray to god to take justice away
and in so doing have peace.
For Man, there can be no peace without reconciliation
and there can be no reconciliation without justice.
But a god who sits in judgement
can never be a god of peace....or love.
It is a conundrum to be sure
for those who must endure
the prattle of minds that can't think beyond
the thought that God can have no helpers in his work
who specialize in jobs
that allow him to remain loving
while Justice and mercy have their part
But such as you and I must know
that love cant be love without the to and fro
that comes with a parent
that must scold at times as well
as hug the child that is held sublime
God being perfect but raising mortals who are not
then would have to have amongst our own
certain of those who help him fulfill his
need to govern as he is want
without favoring on or the other
As Abraham who plead for poor Sodom
and the angels who visited the city and
told Lot their judgement.
Or Moses who plead for all Israel
but the Destroying Angel needed
unblemished blood to ward him away from slaying them too.
Perhaps if we have a more complete view of heaven
we may there find a court
where both Justice and mercy plead their case
and the Christ Mediates
Father can neither approve nor disapprove
but stands behind his Son
in all choices.
Wouldn't this fit your bill
and allow God to be God still?
Helpers or satraps makes no difference.
Little elves still do the god fairy's bidding.
Calling the shots belong to the big boss.
The final decision is still Nero's thumbs up or thumbs down.:)
Perhaps it escapes any man of reason
to think some one capable of both
to hold justice and mercy
in one's hand without preference.
but consider a court working flawlessly
so we get our every due both of good and bad
thus the bad not proclaimed bad
till bad they had done
and the Good judged the same
for equal positive merit and forbearance anon
Then to have one angel accuse and another defend
would not anyone's sensibilities offend
for tis not a father's design
that either point of view have sway
unless the person being discussed
had earned the day
That mercy not rob justice
nor justice mercy
all being delayed till the end
at judgement day.