Category: Morality, Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, Psychology, Suffering
If you know me, then you know how much I appreciate understanding why people do the things they do. When I get to know someone’s psychology, I feel closer to the person (for better or for worse). So, here is a tribute to– Actually, I’ll let you figure it out.
“Mr. Khrushchev, sir.
Do you have what it takes
to bleed but not scream
when I rip off the Band-Aid?
“How will you respond
to Kennedy’s ‘quarantine’
around mi isla bonita, Cuba—
a naval blockade?
“I know of your treasonous letter—
‘blind moles’ and ‘goats on a bridge’—
to the Irish Catholic
who bribed his way to fight
in the South Pacific.
I have a game we can play.
It’s a game of will—
‘will to power.’
“Unlike your precious pastime (chess),
a game of strategy and intellect
that sours the beast within
to live unscathed within
the walls of your precious Kremlin.
“No need to bring a change of clothes.
You won’t stay long
if you come at all.
I’ll provide the suicide bicycle
if you provide the fight song.
Can I count on you to come?
We’ll ride shirtless
with the perfume
of cigar smoke and guava
on our breasts
like illegitimate children,
and bound by nothing
(or is it–owning nothing
and bound by everything?
I forget. No matter.).
“Here is my mantra.
Here are my rules.
“Blood is our ally.
Pain our final prize.
The first who hits the brakes.
The first one who cries.
We light ourselves on fire.
We as lief pedal to the church.
Speed chokes the life
from the flames.
So it pays to be first.
foaming at the mouth,
headlong into St. Peter’s outer wall.
“Do you suppose, sir, the winner
of a nuclear holocaust—
the one whose flight careens into a crawl?
“No. Mr. Khrushchev.
It’s the prefect of power:
A cracked skull.
A bloody mess.
“It’s the first one over the handlebars:
The one the priest will bless.”
If you’re still having a hard time guessing, watch this short film that inspired the poem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHVpuhApSC0&t=8s
Category: JESUS, Morality, Polity, Psychology, Short Stories, Suffering, Theology
Vampires as a whole mock the celebration of Christmas on December 25th, knowing that it’s merely a placeholder on the Julian calendar. But don’t mistake these vampires for blood-sucking atheists. They believe wholeheartedly in the power of Jesus’s blood. They observe Maundy Thursday as the most important day of the year. Conversely, on that day, true believers partake of the sacrament of communion as Christ showed them what it truly means to be devoted to God and to each other. But for these hideous creatures, the body and blood of Christ are a means to an end of survival. They believe Jesus to be the last prophet in “the order of Cain” these last 1,500 years, to save them from one called “the Impaler.”
Category: Philosophy, Poetry, Spiritual Formation, Suffering, Theology
“When I was ambitiously young,
looking to grow my Nebu brand
and my Chaldean kingdom,
“an invisible hand hewed a rock
from the Mountain
that struck the base of the fountain
that raised to life a statue
with metal alloys and clay parts.
Category: Beauty, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology
In order to invoke imagination, we must break free from the contempt of illusion by appealing to the wondrous child in people. Doubt is the current condition; impartiality is the preferred attitude; familiarity—the hackneyed cavity; and so the method is to strike the “nerve of novelty” (as Chesterton brilliantly puts it), in order to achieve the goal of being winsome, like a fetching story…
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