Can I get a message from space-
Standing here with lifted face
To recall the cosmic tilt
From true north's polarity
-just 23.5 degress-
Freed from winter's finality
And the death of green leaves.
And where is the finger that pushed
Mama earth off her axis?
And will it push my dull praxis-
Set it spinning, crazed and wild,
Not unlike a small child
Dancing on her Papa's shoes?
Heed now the signs
Swelling bud, arching stem
-behold the greening of the world-
He cometh now, with spring in His hand:
The Final Word, the First Fruits
Judging the quick and the dead.
I am such a sucker for spring's rebirth and renewal, we're supremely gleeful at this time of year, and I've got chaenomeles japonica (flowering quince) right outside my door. Every day I'm checking the bare branches, looking to see if the buds look any more swollen, impatiently wondering when they will burst forth. (Not this year, probably, I just transplanted them and I don't think they're over the shock.) It's been good to think about this poem, about the earth's tilt on it's axis bringing the seasons, and how God similarly pushes me out of my comfortable places. And how in the end, Jesus is going to bring another kind of rebirth and 'greening'-when He comes to make all things new.
The Coffee Read is now available, it's a $1.00 per copy and all proceeds benefit a local family who is trying to raise money for their infant daughter's surgery. If you want a copy, let me know and I'll snag one tonight: a poetry reading in the Brickhouse coffee house after the 7pm service. (Starts maybe 8:30?) Later I'll review the thing properly, the quick read-through B and I did last night after I got back from a long production night (think: lots of folding and stapling), revealed many gems, and I've got my eye on a few that I want to post here.
I'll say it again and again, how extremely.....nourishing it is to be a part of a a church that views poetry and the arts as a natural extension of itself, not an 'edgy' add-on for the young people, or merely a tool for evangelism. It's part of letting your light "so shine, that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
(And thank you to JunBear for your beautiful photography!)