Ink Pastries

Little rhyming poems that are delectable, and a few side dishes.

ARE YOU WILLING TO BE RESTORED? (POEM)

“SELF” IS A POISONOUS SNAKE IN THE DESERT, AND THE GOLDEN CALF WE MUST MELT
(RESTORATION IS A WORD FULL OF IMPLICATION!)
The word you’ll see, in the Bible, throughout
that ought to cure you of Thomas-like doubt
is “restoration” which thankfully implies
that we’ve always been God’s, despite all Satan’s tries.
God’s sons we once were. God’s sons we can be–
flesh is our Exodus, look to Christ on the tree.
But in fear that we can’t be born from above
we choose lust and sex that’s disguised here as “love,”
in which we love another, but as a mirror to the “self”–
it’s that same ego who buys self-help books for our shelf.
But, in repentance, it’s to our soul and God we’re restored–
when we choose to let our “golden calf” melt and be poured.
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AM I SNIFFING MY OWN? (POEM)

SNIFFING MY OWN ASS*

In my life, I’ve had my head so far up my ass
that I’ve not one excuse, not a ceiling that’s glass:
I longed for the things of this world, all that dangles.
Temptation’s a web; wings get caught in its tangles.

 

* I always want to correct me or others when “love myself” comes out. Ugh. Love of God and others is the way to love our eternal “soul,” not the temporal “self.” That’s why “self-love” is so propagated in our culture. It’s worldliness disguised as unworldliness!

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DO YOU PRESENT YOUR OPINIONS FIRST, OR YOUR SOUL?

(this makes me laugh: came to me when my dog came up to another and sniffed that dog’s butt, like it’s the first impression he’s just got to have of that other dog. Then I thought of the opinions are like assholes phrase, and connected to how we as humans have to sniff each other’s opinions when we meet…ugh…)

WE ALL HAVE OPINIONS
BUT WE ALSO HAVE SOULS

Opinions are like assholes–
we’ve one (if not a few),
but if we focused instead upon our souls
we’d sniff the truth, not poo.

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HAVE YOU LET YOUR HARD DRIVE BE ERASED? (POEM)

WE WERE HARD-WIRED AS SONS OF GOD*

As Sons of God, we were, by God, hard-wired
but we’ve been soft-wired to believe that we’re not
by Satan**, who told us that all we’ve desired,
God has withheld: we downloaded that thought.
That lying thought, in our peace, is a chink:
it says we haven’t got what we’ve got,
and we can die of what we choose to think:
our hard drive erased by the truth we forgot!!!
So read the Word, pray for truth, “ask, seek, knock.”
Let your wiring be restored to the state
in which you know what those lies tried to block:
we’re Sons of God, whom God chose to create!
* Sons of God means angels, the host, in the Old Testament
** which means “the Adversary” or “the Accuser” and he is within us by the soft-wiring we’ve allowed. If we give that wiring over to God’s Spirit, we’ll be re-wired again to remember the truth, and then we will not “self-destruct” but live eternally, as Sons of God!

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Do You Need God Alone? (poem)

WHEN WE NEED GOD ALONE

When we need God, and God alone,
that’s when we’re allowed to approach the throne,
despite the Hamans who intervene
saying they’ve a right to come in between.
So come as Esther: prayerfully
to ask that all Souls, of fear, be free–
not slaughtered by him who wants to kill
the Spirit in us who would do God’s will.

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DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE BELOVED? (POEM)

8-track tape player
BE LOVED, BELOVED!

God’s Love and that we’re provided for

is all the knowledge that’s needed.

But thinking we haven’t enough, “we need more!”

is the Satanic message we’ve heeded.
It’s the message we’ve allowed the adversary within–
the 8-track* that plays till we’re dead–
to be recorded over Love. Jesus takes on our sin
as he re-records God’s Love instead.
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DO YOU ANSWER YES?

(I wrote this when I was mad at a friend who said no to a favor, but then I realized I had been stingy with a homeless person the very same day. God convicts me through every poem I write aimed at “others.” We are all thieves. Most of us have way more than we NEED, which means someone out there has less than they need.)

 

“NO”

Most people open their wallets wide
the moment you convince them they need
something you have. Speak to their pride
and soon they will act out of greed.
But if you honestly approach them and say
“I need you to buy what, before, you’ve bought,”
they’ll slam their door shut. No area is gray.
They won’t give anything that they’ve got.
They don’t care if you do not have a coat.
They say, “It’s the principle that’s at stake!”
Suddenly, they have not one dime to float.
“What’s in it for me?” is their take.
They don’t care if you can’t pay a heating bill,
or if you’re life’s up against the ropes.
They give lip service to “doing God’s will,”
but they squash, when they can, someone’s hopes.
Ask and you will receive, Jesus said.
But make sure you ask God, not the people,
and especially not those whose charity is dead
and buried under their private steeple.

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WHEN JESUS LEAVES A MOTIVE LEFT UNSAID, DO YOU ASK WHAT THAT IS? (POEM)

THE ATTITUDE LEFT UNSAID

When a need is refused,
with the excuse, “I’d be used”
we’ve adopted the attitude he left unsaid
when he told of the priest
who withheld even the least
of his help from the man left half dead.
Every story is a test
if we are teachable at best
but some won’t see the lesson that’s inherent,
to the heart of the matter—
our self-image would shatter
if it did, and we’d have to repent.

 

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Do you want to be “well” again? (POEM)

 

(I’m reposting this from a couple years back and since have edited it a bit, but I basically wrote this in an hour one morning, and was typing as fast as it was coming….)

HOW TO BE WELL AGAIN

 

You can think of yourself as many things,

as a sinful human being or an angel with wings

but sometimes a metaphor comes along

that helps you figure out just exactly what’s wrong,

and just exactly what’s right and how to stay walking

a path in which God, through you, does all the talking.

The metaphor I’m speaking of was given before

by Jesus, to a Samaritan. I’ll give it once more -

of the Word being a well that is endless and filling

and of us being buckets, but most of us spilling

our Soul on the ground, which keeps us in thirst.

Adam and Eve: that was how they got cursed,

by spilling what they had – but the cross made this true:

the Well’s always there! It’s within me and you!

The Snake is Satan, which convinces us that

we’re in danger of becoming a huge empty vat

so we desperately seek to fill up our pail

with this and with that, but we constantly fail.

Satan tells us all day that there’s a big hole

that needs to be filled, but it is: with our Soul,

which always knows how to fill up from the Well,

but the noise of the world: it works just like a spell.

Satan likes to tell us the Well is real dark

and dank and we’d drown or explode from a spark.

Or die of a cough or we’d fall in that trap

where loneliness alone would make our minds snap!

And so we avoid it – at all costs we stay

away from the Well and forget how to pray

and we avoid being quiet and still – we might fall

down into the Well if we hear God’s faint call.

So instead we try filling our pails from another -

from the pail of a sister or father or brother,

or we try to get filled from a puddle we think

will fill us but eventually there’s nought there to drink.

Or we listen to the ads that travel through the air

which convince us their buckets have water to spare,

so we go to them hoping, in exchange for a dime,

we’ll have water for life – but we run out in time!

Then we have to go looking for yet another source -

or we dump what we had (and that’s called divorce).

Even after years and years of trying to fill

our buckets from another, we don’t see how we spill

and slosh from the trying, and we do that until

we’re as empty as a desert, but the demons are shrill

and they cry that you must quickly go here or there

and try once again to fill up, then to share.

But always Satan shouts over the Voice from within

that tells you to remember where God’s always been!

So frantically rushing and going to and fro

isn’t needed at all! If you’d just only know

that the waters within are forever and living -

a Spring that’s eternal and, for us, always giving!

If you won’t go within, you will always go “without,”

the Spirit God sends you can kill shame and doubt

which tells you to look anywhere but right where

Love is: inside you – so give thankful prayer

instead of being frantic and trying to re-fill your bucket

from addiction – turn to God and then you can shuck it:

that desire for a cigarette, or a drink or a “friend”

who you know won’t do much for your Soul in the end.

Only the Well knows what makes you unique

and it fills you to brimming, like a spring-fed creek

and it refreshes and gives you the minerals you need

so you never feel thirsty or fall prey to greed!

But remember, in order to hear what’s inside you,

you have to be quiet – not let Satan ride you,

and the only place Satan can’t enter? Your request

to be at the Well, and to be the Well’s guest!

Satan can’t take away the Well, just lure you

away from going IN IT, by ads that assure you

that if you do this or go there or you buy

this thing, you’ll be filled but it’s always a lie!

And the myth that marriage to a husband or wife

can fill your bucket’s ruined many a life!

It’s the “mistake” Eve made in turning away

from the Well to the Snake, and we make it today

when we can’t be alone – not even for a week!

We’re on Match.com describing just what we seek:

what bucket will fill us — what dimensions and wood

it must be made out of – what we think is “good!”

And we meet with the bucket over coffee or a meal

assessing if this new bucket is “the real deal!”

Once again, we get wrapped up in hopes that will die

later on down the road – but will we ask why

that bucket didn’t work or will we look for another,

meanwhile passing blame to our sister or brother?

It’s really mere physics that a bucket of the same

dimensions can’t fill us unless it loses, then blame

becomes the distraction – it’s Satan’s best ruse

to keep us away from the Well we could use!

There’s nothing more efficient than a water fight

to make us both emptier and not see our plight:

“I fill you up more than you ever fill me -

in fact, you’re so mean that you only spill me!”

And so we leave buckets behind thinking we

can go find yet another and that means we’re free!

But freedom is turning to the Spirit within

which means we’re dependent on no one to win.

When, by grace, we’re brave enough to lower down into

darkness at first – we find where we’ve been to!

Eden is down there – God’s Love and His map

to all that we want – it was never a trap!

It’s cool water to drink that quenches our thirst

and the ability to see the best, not the worst.

As we learn how to get there and lower our rope

we realize it takes just a second: it’s hope!

So believe in the Word and the Spring that’s within.

Ignoring God’s there is the meaning of “sin.”

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IS LOVE CASTING OUT THE BRAINWASHING? (POEM)

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

As humans, in earth, we have the knack
of focusing on what we THINK we lack–
and that is why our hearts hold dread
within them, not our souls instead.
So it’s really trusting in God we’ve lost.
When, at first we fell, we were told to fear
the only One who would pay the cost
for the doors to be opened–that Volunteer!

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