Time

O, fearsome cherub,
your whirling wheels
fly forward, crawling,
with eyes forever looking back!
Every great work
is petition to thee
for immortality,
but the undulation of your wings
laid low in streaming desert
Ozymandias’ pride;
’twas but a trifle.
And even should a
Homer, Virgil, or Grecian Urn
canvas all you’ve seen
of life,
death,
and that which lies between,
still would you decree,
“All is vanity.”
So wisdom bids one pause
to smell the roses
while they may.

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The Waste Lands

Sitting here,
doing everything imaginable
and nothing
all at once: I can
slay a dragon,
conquer kingdoms,
explore new worlds,
be
a
god!
Reality, what have ye
to offer? … April?
Ha! Every month is cruel! —
and the sensationless embrace
of an undead community
seems far warmer
than the indifference
of the living throng.

And yet…

dimly I perceive
myself an emperor
with no clothes —
that beneath the
shiny, splendored surface
of my favored realm
lies a vast barrenness,
undoing many.

For I’m immersed in
carbon-copy feelings,
becoming
pseudo-satisfied with same,
as I live this electronic life —
one non-descript unit of time
merging
heroine-like
into the next.

Now my heart is being overrun:
flesh that once sought similar
is slowly assimilated:
replaced by fibre-optic cables

tentacling squidlike, seeking some
digital port to call home,
yet ultimately left …

Disconnected.

Competition

I thought life was a race
that I needed to win —
and so I ran to be first.

Without equal,
I, alone,
broke the tape.

Then I gathered my breath,
and looked back to the crowd;
but the view from the front
was not as I had envisioned it would be.

For what I saw
was only the hollowed-out husks
of friendships I had lost or never known,
strewn behind
in the wake of my battlefield.

Now none remain
to celebrate my victory —
and I can run no more.

Open Study Discussion: Overcoming

Hi, everyone!

In John 16:33, it is recorded that before he died, Jesus said “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Also, in 1 John 5:3-4 we are told, “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.”

From that, it is understood that the children of God are expected to overcome the world, following the example laid down by the Only Begotten Son of God. So imagine now that you are given an assignment for school, or a job to complete for work. How well do you think you would perform if you didn’t fully understand what the task required? With that principle in mind, for this study we’ll discuss what it means to “overcome the world.” In what ways did Jesus overcome the world? What are the things which we need to overcome? As our awareness of the responsibilities children of God have increases, what should that growing understanding produce in us? Please reflect upon the following scriptures as you consider your answers: Luke 10:19, Romans 12:21, 1 Timothy 5:11, 1 John 2:13-17 and 4:1-6.