The Poet

he
sees
not seeing
but touched
by vacant stares
dying
and birthing yet another child
begging to write about your pitch
cold days and lit up nights
’tis subtle apathy
that smiles
louder
than the screams
that no one hears except
his pen
which stabs again
and again the spleen
and starts the fight
that no one
feels

in and out
his pen does stab
to stop the bleeding
heart
hold fast
don’t freeze
love needs
you
to need
one who feels
and has felt
deeply
the hell that melts
the molten
stares
still dying
and birthing
yet another
child
.
.
.

Petra O. Hefner

“There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.” Juan Montalvo

Scripture

Christianese or Churchese

Maybe you’ve heard it
maybe you speak it
Christianese
or
Churchese
even
I am guilty
I speak both
without thinking
claiming that my speaking and planning
and meeting and praying
bring honor
to our brothers and sister and God
most especially

Really?

think again
this time in English
or French – even Latin
just be warned that Christianese sounds nice
and Churchese even nicer
when it bites
its own

Nails

driven deep into the Savior
the One who has
and does
and will
always honor God
only

Humility

think again
this time in earnest
or bent – even broken
just beware that the truth sounds strange
and grace even stranger
when it calls out
sin
deeply hid within the good sinner
the one who keeps braggin’
’bout honoring God

Nonsense!

think again
this time in English
or Greek – Pig Latin even
just be aware that your words sound decent
and your bragging even humble
when you call
the shots
with big Word words
God is not impressed
when you think
you’re humble

Think again

this time in front of the Savior
and His sovereign Will
even

Petra O. Hefner

“The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.” ~ Phillips Brooks

It’s Hard Not To Notice

It’s hard not to notice the pious
arrogance claiming to point to Him
yet ever pointing to the great created thing itself
bragging about all His great grace right
alongside all the great, great things
which the created thing (thinking itself
to be quite great because of His great grace)
has created and can create.

And the created thing, perceiving
all things good to be of His great grace
and for its own great benefit, pronounces over all
great things how greatly pleased it is to please
the great Giver of such great providence.

Alas, great are the shouts of victory
the created thing feels, clad in its great new garb
of some pious heritage garbling about its great humility
while its quiver full of great grace greatness grows its own heap
of pious arrogance from that ever-bubbling fount
of effervescent wisdom.

And the created thing sounds most great
even when it hisses, even when it boasts
of His great grace while its blesséd children gag
at the not so great things to please the great created thing
making sure that their great goodness will be praised by it
and seen by all.

And I try not to look nor to notice
all the whitewashed tombs that clap
at its great cleverness
all in great goodness
in all cute humbleness
and good taste of course
forgetting
His grace

that His grace abounds
so much more
in the not so great things
and in the not so great people laughed at
and trampled underfoot, which the great Savior pledged
to redeem and not to condemn
being found
in appearance as a man
not great at all
but very humble
and obedient
unto death
even
His great, great death
even on a cross!

It’s very hard not to notice the pious
arrogance claiming to point to Him, yet ever pointing
to the great created thing that stands
and prays and thanks God
for its own great, great
self.

No matter how hard I try
not to look or to notice
I find this pious arrogance

even in me

claiming to point to Him, yet ever
pointing to the great created thing itself
bragging about all His great grace right
alongside all the great, great things
which the created thing
has created and can create –

the not so great people
in need of grace
and a great, great Savior!

Petra O. Hefner

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