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unmasked

Garments rent. Nakedness. A
trivial strain; armour dissolves.
Swollen throat forces downward,
heartward; respawns loneliness’s
bitter winter ache; bleak,
stupefying, coercive; thrusting
bluntly back within. Anaesthesia
fades into strike of grief, face
wets with tears, eyes, blinking
salt, the last real drink running
into the corners of the mouth, at
once mocking and sustaining.
Here, we must linger, must hold
on, straining for comfort and
light, fearing, denying that when
this ends, nothing remains but
soul and self, glorious, pathetic.

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4 thoughts on “unmasked

  1. Dear fellow blogger,
    10 years ago this week many people watched as airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in downtown New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of innocents perished because of the hatred of a handful of people whom they had never met before.
    Perhaps you know what it is like to suffer tragedy in your life even if you were not one of the many who lost family that day. Perhaps you feel like an airplane has crashed into your heart, and that your dreams and hopes have come crashing down. If that’s the case I do not claim to have answers for all the questions you may have. But I do know where you can find the hope you need. God can save you not only from being a victim of someone else’ hatred, but also from being a perpetrator. All people have been terrorized to some extent by those around them, and all people are guilty of terrorizing others. But God wants to both forgive you for your sins (2 Peter 3:9) and to give you a home in heaven where there will be no more pain (Revelation 21:4).
    There is much in this world that is out of our control. We can never know ahead of time if someone may try to kill us, or if we will die by some natural means. But if we trust in Jesus for salvation we can be sure that we will spend eternity with God after we die (I John 5:13). That is because Jesus has already died for our sins (Romans 5:8-9). If you accept this free gift by believing and repenting you will be saved (Acts 17:30-31). But if you reject this gift you reject the only way to escape God’s wrath (II Thessalonians 1:7). God loves you, but He also loves the people you hurt, and He will avenge them by punishing you if you are too unfeeling too admit how much you have sinned against them.
    Thanks for listening to my message. I hope that you have a peaceful week and that God will lead you to eternal peace of the soul.
    Sincerely,
    Daniel

    • Hi Daniel
      I almost spam-marked this, and I’m still not sure why you posted it on my blog, but in the interests of having many voices heard and validated, I’ve left it up for now.
      It sounds like you were deeply affected by the tragic events of 11 September 2001, and I think I get you wanting to find some meaning in the mess of it; it sounds, very much, like you are in need of the peace that you hope for others. But I need to say this for visitors to my blog who have just read what you wrote: the way you write about the christian god is not the only view held by, or possible for, people who call themselves christians. God is so much more than a band-aid for our sins or a salve for our guilt. That’s about us, more than it is about god. My hope for you is that you will be enticed by the beauty of the kingdom of heaven; able to be glimpsed even now, beckoning us into god’s intentions for the universe.
      Peace,
      Dan

  2. I am a bit puzzled by Daniel’s comment as well. Your faith and example has been an encouragement to me in everything of yours that I have read. My sense is that you have experienced something of what it means to be “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”; I am convinced that going through times like these will make you closer to Him. He has walked that road ahead of you and walks it again with you now if you are in the middle of it. God’s peace be with you and your household.
    Carroll

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