psalm 85: land lord

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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
all along;
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?

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One Comment on “psalm 85: land lord”

  1. Robin Gorsline says:

    Of course, such belief is not limited to Jews or their ancestors among the ancient Hebrews. Sadly, so many in our world, including so many in my own faith of Christianity, go around (and have gone around) believing the same thing. Is it any wonder we, I mean my own people first but others as well, have killed so many of the “other?”


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