Obsolete methods

Apr 02 2012

No matter how much
burning and dodging
I do to this picture,
the details won’t come out.
The content wasn’t ever there.
All these repeated attempts
and ruined materials
and extra flashes of the bulb
accomplish nothing but proof:
we can’t contemplate true nothing
but whatever’s one step above that
is in this heartless endeavor.

No praying will change it.
(Or will it?)
No human effort can fix it.
(Or can it?)

We live in a tension:
what we are responsible for
(we must move)
and what is in the hands of God
(we must trust)

I wrestle the moments.
Must I stick my neck out?
Have I pushed too hard?
When will the Lord weave?
Will he craft through my hand?
Always, to every question.
And that is the tension,
my lonely heart burning,
dodging the answers:
when should I act,
when should I trust—

no. It’s this:
how do I do both at once?

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