Lovejoy and NW 25th -- Portland, Oregon

A Poem By Caleb // 2/6/2019

Smoke covers your city,
The sun is red as blood,
Dry of human pity —
Your love with an asterisk isn’t love.

Of pity’s gentle rain
Not a drop is seen —
You fight the fires of pain
With bloodshed — like gasoline.

~

(White bearded fools,
And flint hearted mothers,
Bequeathed you evil rules,
And closed your hearts to others.)

~

Like lions who crouch for their prey,
The strong lie in wait for the weak,
And you walking by every day
Don’t speak for the ones who can’t speak.

No more peaceful’s the lion at night
Than the lion who kills in the day;
You cry “Peace!” when the blood’s out of sight,
And the violence is hidden away.

~

World citizens who won’t
Pity your most helpless neighbour,
You think your “progressive” vote
Gives you a waiver.

~

Wisdom is with your crowd
Whatever it says is true —
“Love wins” shouted long and loud
Means whatever the crowd wants to do.

But love will forever win,
And so hell opens its beak,
As you as a crowd march in,
And the earth is received by the meek.

Comments

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This is so good, Caleb. Very pertinent to today’s issues. Thank you for sharing.

Damaris Ann | Wed, 02/06/2019

I don’t thrive off of chaos: chaos thrives off of me.

Wow. The words you use are

Wow. The words you use are so powerful. Your first stanzas are especially gripping. I think the part that caught my notice most of all was this:

Like lions who crouch for their prey,
The strong lie in wait for the weak,
And you walking by every day
Don’t speak for the ones who can’t speak.

But in the end, you finish with what is true. And that conclusion, while imparting dread also thrills me with the hope of our God's eternal reign! Thank you for sharing this piece with us.

Libby | Thu, 02/07/2019

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!" -- John Piper

Thank you both.

Thank you both.

Caleb | Fri, 02/15/2019

And he was just wondering, for he was a severe critic of his own work, whether that last line couldn't be polished up a bit...
~P.G. Wodehouse

Thank you both.

Thank you both.

Caleb | Fri, 02/15/2019

And he was just wondering, for he was a severe critic of his own work, whether that last line couldn't be polished up a bit...
~P.G. Wodehouse

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