Wednesday, February 13, 2013

55 - laughter finds mercy on the sacrificial fire

Cole crossing 'The Bridge of Doom'
it's no fluke,
a ram provided
in the thinket
saved Isaac

but it doesn't always work

this way.
sacrifice is part
of life

there is & will be blood

no amount
of dead animals
will take that
away

if you don't understand
cherish the fantasy---
we won't relate

just wait, it won't
be long
now

written for Poetry Jam
and written in 55 words, for g-man.

74 comments:

manicddaily said...

Ha! Brian, first astounded that I would be your first commen maybe. Second, a ram showing up-- you are right -- how lucky is that! And there is something awful about the idea of sacrifice through substitution-- though I guess that a meaning of appeasement. We wait for the magic bullet, and hope it's not meant for us or ours. K.

manicddaily said...

So admiring of your energy btw--as you see, I may be more visual for a bit, overstretched. K.

the walking man said...

Rivers of blood may not be wide or deep or have much more current than gravity pulling it towards the sewer (we don't fire hose it away anymore here) but it certainly is going to happen and it will leave the body bright red and soon turn dark as the air hits it. But true enough there will be blood.

JANU said...

It is always the animals which are sacrificed, isn't it? Sad.

Laurie Kolp said...

Profound... I like your brevity here, Brian. Cute pic, too. = )

Tom said...

a good day for tree riding

darsden said...

:-)

Mary said...

Ha, Brian, it would be nice if such things as a ram would always appear when we needed it, wouldn't it? Imagine if rams would appear in wars and no human lives would be SACRIFICED!

DJan said...

Did you just see Beasts of the Southern Wild? I think you summed up the movie for me. :-)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I don't believe it was a fluke either...in fact, I don't believe in flukes at all. Every single thing has some sort of meaning behind it. You always capture life so eloquently my friend.

kaykuala said...

Rams and cockerel all fell by the knife. Cockerels are sacrificed over here in cases of ending a dispute. Both parties agree to swear to tell the truth by cutting off the cockerel's head. This is to signify a symbolic gesture of their sincerity in telling the truth and to end the dispute.

Hank

annell said...

Man and his silly ideas. Perhaps the Japanese idea of sucide would be better, than killing an animal.

Anne said...

'Tis the first day of Lent so this struck me in a particular way. I am thinking of Christ on the cross and His sacrifice.

That said, I am sacrificing doughnuts for Lent again this year.My fingers won't be stained with the blood of gooey fake fruit squirting from the middle of doughy goodness as I take a loving bite from my best morning friend. Okay, I'm just torturing myself now....

Jenny Woolf said...

Scary. But there will always be blood.On the radio this morning was a man who came into Dresden after the allied bombing raids, is it 68 years ago? It's taken him this long to get his head around what he saw, and write a book about it. He sounded an amazing guy.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah the animals get it first
With each human burst
No matter the mind trick we try
Still some days blood seem to fill the sky

raysharp said...

interesting that the heart is the symbol of love and emotion. there will be blood, indeed

HisFireFly said...

what a precious reminder Brian, often the only way through, is through...

Mark said...

Sacrifice is a part of life, but hopefully you'll always have people to help you out. There will always be blood, and sometimes I'm not sure if not knowing this is better. Sometimes ignorance can be bliss.

Leovi said...

Yes, life is sacrifice ... and pleasure, the coin always has two sides.

izzy said...

Pray for all those sacrificed (or about to be) and give thanks too-

Annmarie Pipa said...

nothing is a fluke.

Valerie said...

I don't know what prompted this, Brian, but for sure there will always be sacrifice in some form or another.

Tess said...

I know all about sacrafice but it has rewards as well

Kelvin S.M. said...

...while it is true that animals were often used as sacrificial instrument during the ancient times... let us not forget that we are the highest classification of beasts(generally termed) that are specifically termed as 'humans'... so to say humans should be used as well as sacrificial instrument like what we did with Jesus when we hung him up for the common benefit of all... He was sacrificed hoping to save humans but looking at todays generation it seemed there are lots to be ashamed of... all i thought Darwin's theory are merely on apes evolving to humans.... but with the current acts we are showing these days... i can see some extension of the said theory of evolution... at the begginning we're claimed to have been originated from apes... then we became humans... but it didn't end there (i guessed) for we are evolving into another form of ferocious creature... we are now alligators... and some are dogs... sometimes i see pigs... how embarrasing that we are turning into these kind of beasts... present everywhere... in schools, churches, hospitals, governments... in the mirror... everywhere... now the world will curse me for being such a bastard to human race... or i maybe insane for having thought of it all alone and therefore i should be next sacrificial instrument to save (or produce) another generation of what 'Humans' (or extended evolution)... ok i'm done... now open the fire & throw me in... smiles...

Tara Miller said...

In anything that is meaningful, there will always be sacrifice. And in sacrifice, there will always be blessing....

Claudia said...

i always admired abraham for the willingness to sacrifice his son...did he know..? did he hope..? did he knew god just well enough..? maybe a bit of everything..

Maggie May said...

This is profound. With Passover looming up.... I always think of the animals. Horrible way to die. Let alone the proposed sacrifice of Isaac.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Green Speck said...

Waiting is the key I guess !!!

Helen said...

... blessed are the animals.

The pic reminded me of a 'real' bridge my boys used to play on - long abandoned - it terrified me. Somehow they survived it all.

mypoeticpath said...

Love the pic but I agree with Janu, that is the sad part, so much suffering for animals.

Yousei Hime said...

My grandmother had a Bible with illustrations, a favorite of which was this story. Grasping the horrow of it was outside of my capability as a child. Now I'm amazed at Isaac's faith. From birth to now I watch for blood from a fall from either of my boys. This is a rather uncomfortable piece for you. I like it.

Daniel said...

I would love to know the seed for this post. Yet what you wrote is still a general truth.

Jenny said...

Great write Brian....you have to cross the bridge to get to the other side..but there will be sacrifices.

mywordwall said...

This is just the right poem to usher in the season.

True, there is no escaping sacrifice - in one way or the other, whether willingly or not, we will have our own share of crosses to bear. Sometimes, we are saved from it, sometimes, we need to face it squarely.

Alice Audrey said...

Is all the sacrifice really necessary? Then again, I'm no vegetarian.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

And in MY world...which I LONG to be filled with ONLY rainbows and butterflies...I cry out...WHY does there ALWAYS HAVE to be blood??

Buddah Moskowitz said...

And sometimes you write an absolutely perfect poem. This be that. Loved the clear-eyed view of the world. Pro-found!

Victoria said...

Wow! Full of symbolism. I like the biblical allusions, the photo of Cole and the layers of meaning. And I want to know the backstory!

hedgewitch said...

Sacrifice is indeed part of life, and some of it we would willingly do to keep the blade from our own...but yes, one way or another, ours, or a substitute, blood will flow. You know dark is how I like em bri, and you hit the mark here.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Elegant write Brian! Loved this!

ND Mitchell said...

Enjoyed your use of biblical imagery Brian. The old covenant always strikes me as wierd and indeed random, but is an excellent picture of sacrifice. Excellent write, sir.

Vesper said...

just wait, it won't
be long
now


I hope there's some balance, somewhere...

The pic is wonderful! And 'The Bridge of Doom'... yes, a good way to cross it. LOL

Alexandra said...

if you don't understand
cherish the fantasy---

You have one incredible gift given to you. I continue to be amazed at your writings.

Grace said...

I like the biblical nod to the ultimate sacrifice ~ I do agree that it is part of life ~

How brave of Cole to cross the bridge, I'm scared of heights and falling down ~

Happy day to you ~

Vicki Lane said...

As always, you say so much...

Jannie Funster said...

This makes me think of The Silence Of The Lambs, not Lechter, but the lambs.
Very good ending, leaves me pensive.

xo

Jannie Funster said...

This makes me think of The Silence Of The Lambs, not Lechter, but the lambs.
Very good ending, leaves me pensive.

xo

SaraV said...

Brian, so very true, no amount of dead animals will fix it, that was an excellent line. Personal sacrifice is just part of the deal--wonderful poem!

Gloria said...

I think is absolutely really ans sometimes necessary but is hard, really hard and I know about you talking, this is nice Brian, have a nice day tomorrow with T and the kids:)

Myrna R. said...

There sill be blood. How sad but true. It's part of life.

adeeyoyo said...

A hard-hitting truth, Brian. Well put.

Love the pic. It looks as if the far end of the log will slide down the slope - hope not!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Hmmmm, gets me thinking for sure.

Lorraine said...

I do expect it will be sooner than anybody thinks...Happy Valentine's day Brian x and to your lovely family xxx

A Cuban In London said...

I loved the way you combined Isaac's story with real life. Many thanks, man. That one touched me.

Greetings from London.

Dave King said...

I agree with Laurie. This is profound. It didn't strike me until the second reading just HOW profound - takes a while for things to percolate these days.

I always felt great sympathy for Abraham: he did everything for the best and got the worse press ever - well, on a par with Judas.

Elsie The Writer said...

I sat in the church yesterday, crowd cleared, and soaked in the stained glass windows, the high backed pews and the smell of decades of people who had passed through. It was so moving, just like this passage. Thank you.

Peggy said...

I wonder whose idea it was that any God demanded or valued blood sacrifice. Why would an all-powerful God want people to destroy what it had made? Your poem made me think.

brandi said...

That made me sad.

Wayne Pitchko said...

very nice Brian.....thanks for sharing all your words

g-man said...

I have always wondered what sort of a loving God demands blood sacrifice...
I don't care how it was explained Bibllicly , it's just creepy!!
Loved your Flukey 55 Son
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week End

goldberrygreening said...

Sacrifice is never neat & tidy... life is never straightforward & easy.... Great poem. Strong & blunt & truthful.

daydreamerdreams said...

It doesn't always work that way, but oh how we wish it would.

Janna said...

Love the last five words.

"It won't be long now."

(!!)

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

anthonynorth said...

Great warning at the end. reading it was certainly no sacrifice.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Brian,
I think this is especially keen to us when the children are little, so precious and so fearless. Yes, there will be blood. I love the connection to Isaac. Very smart 55.

Akelamalu said...

Sacrifice doesn't always have the desired effect. Love your 55 Brian.

Teresa said...

This just leaves me with a sad feeling. Blood is blood no matter human or animal.

Rebecca S. said...

Some sacrifice is necessary for development of the true human, I'd say. And yes, there will be blood, also very human.
Nice woods your kids have to play in :)

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

The sacrificial ram never manages to prevent some personal blood letting.

ayala said...

Profound write, Brian. Love the pic :)

Other Mary said...

Yes, if you have children there will be blood. Might as well get used to it. And as much as we want to take their place, sometimes our kids have to suffer. I think your kids are lucky to have you as dad Brian.

Mary Ann Potter said...

You chose such powerful images for this, Brian. Very incisive, especially with that photograph. A beautiful response to the prompt. I enjoy reading a man's point of view!

Judy Roney said...

Sigh. This stricks me as so bold and real. Unfortunately, so true. Great job, Brian.

Syd said...

So Cole decided not to walk across that bridge. I was a limb walker from an early age.