October 17, 2007

Feeling greater freedom during our church’s gathering this past Sunday, I took some time during the discussion to write a poem. It’s unrefined, but honest. Maybe I’ll read it this next Sunday, right into the microphone.
Maybe not.
(Parental advisory lyrics)


I mean good grief good god
The blisters the bites
I didn’t think
I didn’t think

Trying to flow uphill
In the great reversal
Fuck you, gravity
Fuck you

— 10/14/2007

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

6 responses to Gravity

  1. Your “poem” is definitely honest. I hope that makes you feel better about your choice to use unecessary expletives to get your whiny point across. I also hope your pastor reads it and benches you from leading in a worship capacity. Grow up.

  2. Cesar, it’s not for everybody, for sure. But it is an honest expression, a prayer from my heart. I don’t think you get my “whiny point” and that’s OK. As I said, it’s unrefined — no editing — just the way it flowed out of my pen. I could probably avoid the expletives if I were a better poet, but they are not gratuitous. I want the punch, the “aaargh,” the defiance.
    No, I won’t really read it into the mic.
    *shrug* If I had wanted to keep it from my pastor, I wouldn’t have posted it.

  3. “Hold on to your particular pain.
    That too can take you to God.”
    – Maulana Rumi

  4. Cool quote, MadSufi. Thanks!

  5. Profanity is offensive to me personally but I understand the feelings and I wonder if king David felt that way sometimes too.

  6. Seeker, thank you for looking past my offensive words. There’s a lot to explore in your wondering thought.