The Promised Land

The  Promised  Land

Ecce venio velociter

By Xanadu

Where is the Promised Land, where peace at last?
How make the future come and kill the past?

No mystery ever was as deep as this:
Why tempests rage within the Sea of Bliss. 

If you were God, would you do better, friend?
You’d make a universe you’d need to mend.

You’d weave the same intricate tapestry
Of good and evil, chance and destiny.

Maybe you’d say—’God’s not to blame at all.
He throws the dice and watches how they fall.’

To cultivate your garden: that’s the thing,
And out of dung make lovely flowers spring.

And one kind word to someone every day
Will wash a multitude of sins away.

To catch your fish, friend, lift your line—and cast!
And keep on crying, ‘Jerusalem at last!’

These final words I leave you—Don’t despair.
Keep knocking on heaven’s door. Someone’s there.

5 thoughts to “The Promised Land”

  1. Big thoughts and high philosophy made short and simple and even a little sweet.

    I like it and feel I even grok it a little bit.

    Yes the Lord helps those who help themselves and if He took away from us our God-given minuscule bit of free will to do nothing at all, to be good and proper, to be evil and vile or to ebb and flow between all these, then what would be the purpose, the ultimate point of human life on this sticky wicket called earth.

    After Krishna recited the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, explaining the intricacies of Man and God and Law, He didn’t then say to Arjuna “now do your duty and fight, that’s an order” He instead said to Arjuna – “now you choose”

  2. Reconciling an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving God with suffering – esp.of the innocent – and human evil has always been the biggest challenge to theism and especially Christianity, but I believe the answer lies in the gift of free will, the Original Sin of our first parents, redemption in Christ, the redemptive value of the Cross in our own lives, and the unimaginable eternal beatitude in heaven for those who repent of their sins and believe in Christ and the Church He founded (especially in its authentic pre-Vatican II teachings and liturgy), including its sacraments as the principal vehicle of God’s grace.

    1. Divine power has been usurped….to enough of a degree to CAUSE death and suffering. True free will has been circumvented along with this usurpation…
      “Original Sin” is a crock. Original MAN is free from sin. But we lost that “originality” long ago. It is only AFTER the usurpation that we are now tested in staying true and reverent…..

      Jesus is the man who is immune from the usurpation and is the one to emulate in getting back to our original and unfettered state. He is the “principal vehicle of God’s Grace”. No church need apply…

  3. I like this, but I know better than to say more. Reading poetry for what it IS seems much more pleasant than having to use a bunch of intellectual literary terms to critique it. What I most remember about the teaching of “poetry”, anyway, is that a poem should aim at symmetry, have a philosophical message, and RHYME. IMO, this poem accomplishes much of that. Many of the sweet thoughts are of the stand-alone variety, too. I like that.
    For an example of perfect symmetry, though, a poem such as Poe’s “Annabel Lee” sets the standard.

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