Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Word Up!

Word being truth, and Up, the general
direction of our small mind view of
Heaven, which fails to fathom
the collision in the here & now,

now hear, the kingdom of Heaven
is up-on you (us), not caught up
in some future destination of personal
evacuation, so long suckers, never
see you again

love, love is...a blind (wo)man feeling
faces to find hearts beating the rhythm
his fingers tender tracing til he gets
the picture & don't be afraid but i think
you will find

it surprising who rides the escalator
when the day comes, and who is left
undone...undone...bell man, but i had
a reservation, but sorry no, love, 
love is a blind (wo)man

written for Imperfect Prose

73 comments:

Sue said...

An escalator ride, eh?

Guess Led Zeppelin had it wrong after all.

;)

Mona said...

Love and Faith , both are blind they say...

I doubt such love...

LauraX said...

it is amazing who is left behind...but no one is left behind forever...we all will have the ride one day.

JStar said...

Faith goes hand in hand with love...the true, most pure love of all!

Nancy said...

Like the play with the kingdom being up-on you. Makes me think of God lifting up my head.

And Sue's comment cracked me up.

repressedsoul said...

eh...don't go there! Is there one moment when we fall completely head over heels or does it sneak up slowly....don't know not looking *hides*

Pat Hatt said...

Yes we all will take that ride
Some in stride
Others prefer to stick their head in the sand
Either way they'll go into the land
Love who really knows
As haven't been the way that goes

Lisa notes... said...

The kingdom of Heaven is now. I'm not waiting either.

"now hear, the kingdom of Heaven
is up-on you (us), not caught up
in some future destination of personal
evacuation"

Strummed Words said...

Some worry about May 21! See you on the 22nd :)

lori said...

i must say that this whole piece brought big smiles to my face. i love it. yes, we are so small-minded, and i'm thankful the He is so much bigger than our combined we down here.

favorite part =

"love, love is...a blind (wo)man feeling
faces to find hearts beating the rhythm
his fingers tender tracing til he gets
the picture & don't be afraid but i think
you will find

it surprising who rides the escalator
when the day comes, and who is left
undone..."

good grief this was good! :)

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian,
After reading your poem for some unknown reason these words stood out among the "crowd"...
"Brian said,"now hear, the kingdom of Heaven is up-on you (us), not caught up in some future destination of personal evacuation, so long suckers, never see you again..."

I think that these words are the most "painful," but most "truthful."
Because after "we" or are love ones die we don't know if we will ever see each other again.

"Alas"...This is were "love, Faith, and hope enters the picture.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee :-/

[Cont...]

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

[Postscript: Even though I think that your poem is focusing on dealing with our own mortality too!]
DeeDee :-/

hedgewitch said...

I feel like saying, True Dat. (Almost as much fun as woot.)

I really like the lines about the blindness and the tracing hands. And the escalator ride, of course.

Rebecca S. said...

I often wonder about this very thing. I imagine several scraggly artists on that escalator...:)

Daniel said...

I have read this 3 times already today. Each time I read it, I was able to take a bigger bite, until finally I think I as able to see what you were seeing. I agree, there will be some surprises, both of those riding up, and those left behind.

Claudia said...

great beat - all rap - and great message brian - my fav part was
..in some future destination of personal
evacuation...because destination and evacuation is killer rhyme!

Arts web show said...

Very intelligent writing here Brian.
Nicely done indeed

Barbara said...

Really love this one, Brian. The kingdom is upon us and we find our way through love and blind faith. Wonderful!

Monkey Man said...

Maybe I should stop going up the down escalator.

Belinda said...

Yes. Heaven, if there is one, doesn't have to be some future destination. Hear, hear.

Kati patrianoceu said...

I love the description of the blind woman and what she demonstrates. May our hearts be that tender always.

Pastor Sharon said...

What??? No magic Kool-aid?
No cataclysmic apocalypse?
No pie in the sky?
It's all in how we live?

So, where is the UFO?
May 21st is not the date?
So many people look for it,
For example, Heaven's Gate.

"Hope, faith, and love"...He said,
and. . "I am the way".
It's not in some distance galaxy,
the Kingdom is here, today!

David Allen Waters said...

Preach :)

CM said...

Amen.

Our pastor's message this past week was about the very same thing, how there will be a new earth once Jesus returns. Brilliant colors we've never even seen, the lion laying with the lamb, ect.

And there's only one way to be sure we ride that escalator, and his name's Jesus.

Ok, I'm done preaching on your blog! :-)

eloranicole said...

oh this is good, brian.

tinuviel said...

yes, the collision of God's kingdom and humanity's has already begun. It's a daily battle to say and live, "THY kingdom come, THY will be done" and not "my."

ayala said...

Great message,Brian. An escalator ride :)cool!

Tara Miller said...

Yes! The Kingdom of Heaven is here...and I agree with you love, I think we will be surprised who is left behind and who is not as it is not our good deeds and actions that reserves a "spot" with our Creator - it is our acceptance by faith that God sent his son as an ultimate sacrifice and show of unconditional love to die for our sins. All we have to do is accept this great gift....accept our Lord Jesus!!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Your cynicism shows through in this one similar to the one last week Brian...hmmmmm, funny how we go through the thinking process on what we THOUGHT we knew and what we know now...

secret agent woman said...

Was this inspired by the pending Rapture on Saturday?

Betsy said...

Oh yeah, I think there will be a lot of surprises....on both sides. Better check those reservations!

lynnaima said...

3RD stanza knocked me off my chair, nicely stated!! Thanks for the visit :)

Margie said...

Hmmmmmmm!
Have to come back later and read this again!
Can't think of the right comment at this time.
But, once again, I must tell you!
Amazing writer, you really are that!

Steve E said...

"Wo-man" (Woe-be-to-man?).

Your excellence, Brian, will probably gain you a ticket for the elevator. Me, I may make the escalator, then have to climb the last few 12-step floors.

Also it is what we do, that others don't know, which will put us there. You, others...maybe even.......hmmmmm!

signed...bkm said...

everyone is waiting for something..no one is living..or being alive...always waiting on the end....kinda sad...bkm

steven said...

i love that you remind us that we don't know what's best, even though i hate to admit that we don't know what's best.

God always surprises us, and for that i'm thankful...

Bernie said...

Had to read this over a few times, not sure I got it but love some of the words you used, you do have a gift my friend....:-)Hugs

She Writes said...

The heaven I know is in the arms of those on the earth. (Gonna write a little blip on that soon :).)But I like your take here, Brian.

Cindy said...

Very provoking once again! We just talked about this aspect of the Kingdom of Heaven at life-group...that it is here and now and how we pray for it when we repeat the Lord's Prayer without really understanding what we are praying so that we can live it!

Blessings...

deb colarossi said...

I like that you so get it.

Lolamouse said...

Sing it, Brother Brian! Have you heard about the atheist guy who set up a business that guarantees that if the Rapture comes, he'll stay behind and take care of people's pets for a fee up front (of course). He's got workers in several states and quite a few clients!

Zouxzoux said...

You're speaking of the impending Rapture this week-end, I take it? Lovely, lively and wickedly on target. You are awesome.

drybottomgirl said...

The greatest gifts we have to give our grace and love and too often we give neither. Always poignant my friend....:)

Margie said...

Hi Brian,
Well, I came back to read this again.
One of my most favorite quotes is:
"There is only one path to Heaven. On earth, we call it love."
After reading you now for only a short time, I do know that you are love!

I want to thank you so much for all the wonderful comments that you have left on so many of my posts.
How very kind you are!
I appreciate those comments do much!

Anna said...

Absolutely, the time is now... and it sure is going to be a surprising escalator ride. The pleading at the end with the bell man reminds me of Pilgrims Progress, when the other guy wants to enter without a scroll.

LadyCat said...

"Word being truth"...love that!

Ed Pilolla said...

i need a blind woman:)
this was fun.

Scott said...

I'm working on re-instituting this phrase here in Sacramento. I throw a "word" or "word up" in my conversations on the regular. "Personal evacuation" never thought about the after-life like that. Puts a whole new spin on things.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful rhythm to this writing!

Zuzana said...

Heaven, as well as hell can be both found here on earth, I have been in both.;))
Beautiful piece as always dear Brian - and yes, love is blind and I would not have it any other way...
;)
xoxo

tarunima said...

very insightful!:)
i loved this post brian,i have already read it three times:)

slommler said...

Yes! Love is blind and causes some to be left behind. So sad!
I jumped on the "A" ride. Been fun so far!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Lorraine said...

I love this, I was left broken...you speak to me so often :)...nothing to be scared about

Heather said...

love is always all around us....heaven can wait for me...i am enjoying it here to much!

becky said...

"feeling faces to find hearts"...exquisite language...

the walking man said...

I kind of like sitting on the beach chair now and not waiting for some pie in the sky dream that some religioso made up to keep us full of hopeful hopelessness

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

that is performance art style poetic! I can feel it, rhythm ... beat... beautiful!

annell said...

As always, enjoyed your write. And I liked the search for the beating heart.

Brian Miller said...

actually i had forgotten about the rapture this weekend...i dont know how there is a huge billboard down the road...maybe i have tuned it out...figured i went at hell last week and heaven was the next logical place...enjoying the responses and a few chuckles along the way...hmm, hope i see you sunday...

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emily wierenga said...

love, love is...a blind (wo)man feeling
faces to find hearts beating the rhythm


i love this analogy. brilliant...combining love is blind with the hope of finding God on earth. well done.

Magpie said...

With my luck the escalator will be out of service and I'll have to take the stairs....or hopefully I'll GET to take the stairs. Love the sway of your words. :)

trisha said...

very thought provoking brian. thoughtprovoking and true.

TALON said...

This was unique and interesting, Brian.

lucychili said...

yes love the tactile search in the dark

tracy said...

Oh, boy, well you know what I'm thinking. :-) This was another fantastic piece and who knows, maybe we'll find the answer Saturday - or even sooner. :-)

happygirl said...

"it surprising who rides the escalator
when the day comes, and who is left
undone...undone...bell man, but i had
a reservation, but sorry no, love,
love is a blind (wo)man"

I've read over and over and I'm looking for the hope. It's there, I believe. I believe love is a blind (wo)man. I know that's the way it works for me. I wonder who the bell man is?

Josh Hoyt said...

Interesting to think about love and God and heaven and faith all at the same time. Even though they are all important and one without the other is nothing in my mind. I like the part about love and faith being blind how true is that. Great job Brian.

Mama Zen said...

Amen.

Mrs. M. said...

We share, yet so few listen.

The destination hasn't changed, yet others believe it has.

No - it hasn't. It is the same. It is still up!

Mrs. M.

Vicki Lane said...

I really like this -- I bet it's even better read aloud.

Joybird said...

love's fingers tender tracing...such an amazingly intimate picture, sigh...kingdom bringers, yes, not just kingdom travelers.

haikulovesongs said...

just because i was blind in every relationship before, does it have to continue that way?
dani