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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DAY AT THE PARK


From your soapbox
you're out to save the world
your words echoing
through the park
vying with bouncy
norteno tunes blasting from
low rider car stereos

your nebulous forever
built upon a city of hope
hope against hope
when you're dangling
at the end of a rope

but what if I told you
that everything thing we do
is motivated by either
love
or
fear
and that we can easily choose
between them

and that you stem from a long line
of fear mongers
over generations
and generations
of fear mongers
spitting incendiary words
into the air
the fire and brimstone
heating everyone under the tent
into a frenzy of believing

and giving

but material gain has naught to do
with the hereafter
it's has to do with the here and now
and that house upon the hill

and your aim is to be
that guy on Sunday morning TV
sayin' keep those cards and letters
comin' in folks
cuz it takes a lot of jack
to buy the stairway to heaven

so the plate is comin' round
folks
the plate is comin' round
(what's in your wallet?)

20 comments:

  1. Oh yes! Especially: that guy on Sunday morning TV
    sayin' keep those cards and letters
    comin' in folks
    cuz it takes a lot of jack
    to buy the stairway to heaven

    We used to put pennies in the poor box for the poor.

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    1. Like pennies from heaven, only it's pennies FOR heaven--lol

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  2. Cash a cheque for Jesus....oh dear !

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    1. I'm his messenger, so send them to me!

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  3. "...fear mongers
    spitting incendiary words"

    ...and too many people too terrified to see what the words are doing.

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  4. Maybe there is time for another reformation... a bit like paying to be relieved from sin...

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    1. I've paid for sin before...and then there was relief...so kinda like the same thing...maybe???

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  5. but what if I told you
    that everything thing we do
    is motivated by either
    fear
    or
    love
    and that we can easily choose
    one or the other

    Ah.. yes I'd choose love any day! :)

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  6. Nicely done. It amazes me how many folk will pay for the keys to the kingdom...well for keys.

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    1. And then find out...those keys don't fit !

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  7. Delightfully cynical, and so spot on.

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    1. I think you've coined the phrase that fits me to a "T"--"delightfully cynical" lol

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  8. cuz it takes a lot of jack
    to buy the stairway to heaven

    There is a way of persuasion in matters that touch on the spirituals where is easier accepted!

    Hank

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    1. Yes...I understand there is a new tactic now when they pass around the collection plate...they say, "what's in your wallet?"

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  9. These days, I'm that guy clinging to irrational hope at the end of my rope. Loved this poem, Timo.

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    1. Words of wisdom: Even when at the end of your rope...don't worry...cuz you're still hangin' in there!

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  10. Cynical, but you may be onto something.

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