psalm 85: land lordPosted: June 11, 2015
we used to believe all the sorrows
visited for so long upon this land
were just a sign of your
angry, vengeful nature –
that you were visiting
your fierce disappointment
upon generation after generation
of unruly, ungrateful children.
maybe that’s been our problem
that we’ve been making
this all about you:
projecting our deepest fear and loathing,
onto some petulant, omnipotent land lord
that we might somehow avoid the truth
of our own dark wrath.
how could we have known
that the terrifying voice
we heard roaring down
from the mountain
wasn’t yours at all?
how could we have possibly missed
that one fleeting moment
when truth and justice kissed,
then vanished into the
cold night air?