Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Trouble with 'God is Love'

"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead . . ." Luke 10:30

On roadside rock, invites collision.
On bumper sticker, begs derision.
Across the walls, lost as graffiti.
Spoken plainly, dies of abstraction.
Said repeatedly, blands to blather.
Framed with flowers, suffers triviality.
Celebrated in poem, we fall enamored of the form.
Told as story, maybe then, on occasion, finds a pathway to the heart.

5 comments:

Inconsequential said...

Excellent.

Is the quote the Samaritan story?, pretty sure it is, but it’s a long time since my last read of it…

This piece works equally well with out ‘God is’ too, just Love can be over used, and frequently is.

This piece is cool, a truth, though sometimes ‘celebrated in poem’ will hit the mark as much as a parable would…

Once again Ish,
Good stuff, good stuff.

gautami tripathy said...

"Told as story, maybe then, on occasion, finds a pathway to the heart."

It gave me much to think about...

Donners said...

I love this, Steve. Thank you

missmellifluous said...

Very clever. I'd like to admire the form but that may take away from the message.

Anonymous said...

Lived out, shouts clearly.