The Cleansing of the Beating Heart
©2006 Tyrone Vincent Banks
Every journey begins with one step…
I’m trying to get right
I wish that I never learned the full arsenal of four letter words that I have mastered.
But, I let those words into my heart and they do not wish to leave
For some reason, they feel that they’re still needed
To make me complete.
I let impatience enter into my heart
Just like my days in the Corps, everything has to move efficiently and quickly
No one will be left behind and I’ll remove the weakness from your body
Through pain and sweat –
YOU WILL DO AS I SAY!
…that too is a curse that I’ve passed on as my children lack a measure of patience at times, unfortunately,
THEY DO WHAT I DO AND NOT WHAT I SAY…
It was inevitable.
The original sin
The knowing of all things impure and evil
The loosing of immortality
The thorns about the ground
The money that’s earned by the sweat of our brow
The pain of childbirth…a few of many
Because of man’s sin – the Ark floats in
A second chance – a cleansing of humanity so that the chaff will separate from the seed and we are reborn…
What was sinful back in the day?
So bad that God sent the waters to wash us away?
Was it even close to the sin of the world after Christ’s sacrifice was duly noted and then forgotten by some?
The dropping of bombs
The releasing of the gas
The rape of children
The betrayal of faith
The corruption of the church
The dragging of the bodies behind a truck
The impure thoughts totally submerged and saturated in sin
The Business to mind is our own, but…
As a collective, we’re simply asking for it…
The proverbial macho man in the wife-beater shirt
Challenging others to “hit him in the bread basket.”
Or daring you to “Knock a chip off of their shoulder…”
The pushing of the envelope…
in which we just have to see what is not truly ours, but we steam and gently tear open the envelope for a glance and before you know it – the contents is revealed.
You don’t want HIM to hit you in the bread basket!
You don’t want HIM to knock anything off of any part of your body
His envelope has been tampered with and open
The seal will be broken
The word will be spoken
All is REVEaLed AT the back of a book of the lIving wOrd…Next to the ChriStian heart.
I admit my corruption
I admit to my sin
But if I can somehow cleanse those things from my beating heart, and then
perhaps the waters will not return to cleanse it for me…I’ve only but started to ask for forgiveness for a lifetime of ignorance.