Saturday, July 18, 2015

Culture Clash

Here I am
looking at You
trying to understand

what went wrong
why I don't get it
why I'm confused
and hurt and

what I missed

You speak



but there's something

something behind Your words
that I just don't see

And my own words
aren't hitting the mark 
at all
my own words
are no longer
making sense to me.


    ~
My culture
beats against Yours
struggling
to take the upper hand
determined
to be the one to win

Your culture
lays itself down
dies
so I can understand

...so I can hope again.

    ~ 
You talk about love
and taking up
one's cross
losing your life
to find it

I talk about
what I can get
how to get ahead
how to gain the world
and i find

My culture
my ways
slam into Yours

shatter around me
all these
pieces of nothing

the things of men

How do I trade them?
My culture

for Yours?

the things of God
the things of God
the things of God

(Mark 8:33-36) 
 
Linking up with Velvet Ashes at The Grove where the theme this week is "Culture Clash"

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2 comments:

  1. Michele, this is stunning. I want to find a way for this to "get out" into the hands of more people. I'm not the biggest poet, so the fact that your words touched a semi-non-poet is saying something :). Many in my family are poets, so I esteem you poets! Sorry, I'm babbling now. My main point is, this spoke to me. Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Amy! Writing poetry/songs helps me understand myself (whatever I'm working through, thinking about, or trying to understand) better than anything else. (I don't figure it out and then write, I work it through in the process of writing). I don't know why that is. I usually do this with my quiet times and Bible - which is definitely plenty to think about - but the themes on Velvet Ashes have encouraged me to think on things/issues I wouldn't have otherwise.

      The theme this week struck a chord with me - although maybe in an unexpected way - thanks for sharing that the way it was hitting me spoke to you, too. :-)

      It was a hint to me that it might, when I saw you mention Noah's culture clash in your post on Velvet Ashes. I smiled. Another one of THOSE smiles. :-)

      Please feel free to share it with anyone you think it would help/encourage. I would be glad to know it was helpful for someone.

      As far as poets...I think you're quite poetic in a very prosy way. :-) You know how to use words to help people see....

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