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"And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth and all lawlessness being wrough upon the earth." IX: 1 Book of Enoch

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10 -KJV

And chosen to be
With superior intelligence,
Articulate speech, and
Erect carriage,
The motley progeny of
Shem, Ham and Japheth
Flesh vessels
Prone to near-sightedness
Destructive imagination
Pop culture
Bleating sheep
Willing to espouse the
Ravings of madwomen/men
And every evil bird in prevision
Of creative enlightenment or becoming
The next raging trend floating to the surface
Of societal devolution like an ill-shapen turd

Distractions cramming vacuums
And mental crevices temporarily with all
Bizarre gimmicks or talisman worn or pierced in
Celebration of free-will and religious insanity

And when it became known
That it was more a test of volition
Than a righteous act of indebtedness,
For most pseudo-intellectuals
And those given to reinterpretation
Of all things holy and unalterable
Adhering to a revolutionary principal,
About being Christ-like in a fallen world
Notwithstanding circumstance
And all the while

Turning the other cheek
With hands extended
In altruistic fashion
Bearing a kind of
Spiritual attrition
Satisfying the needs of another, while
Renouncing self in the higher calling of
Sacrificing what self desired for the
Well-being of another

All but ONE have failed

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Reviewed by John Domino 1/9/2014
Dear Richard,

I LOVE the bottom line of your poem:

"Turning the other cheek
With hands extended
In altruistic fashion
Bearing a kind of
Spiritual attrition
Satisfying the needs of another, while
Renouncing self in the higher calling of
Sacrificing what self desired for the
Well-being of another"

I also love this message from another website:

"We cannot not trust our feelings. They change. We must stand on Godís promises. They never change. After we are saved, there are three things we are to practice daily for spiritual growth:
Pray -- we talk to God.
Read our Bible -- God talks to us.
Witness -- we talk for God."

Now that IS living a wonderful purpose driven life!

Thank you for your eye-opening poetry. Have you posted much lately?

Be well, my friend,

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by blue soplain 1/17/2011
i've missed your words.....
such strength.
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/16/2011
A beautiful call for selflessness.
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 1/11/2011
"All but ONE have failed!"
Another excellent write, Richard. I'm reminded of the Apostle Paul who said in Philippians 3:8 "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."

Your work is much admired!

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/9/2011
You said it, our accomplishment has amounted to a turd.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/9/2011
Richard this is remarkably persuasive and powerful.
I can't say I've been...very good there is the aspect of wanting to go hide in a corner. But I think this a wonderful work.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/9/2011
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! POWERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 1/8/2011
Thank you for this, Richard, not simply because I aways
admire and envy the depth of your brilliant writing, but
also because (I'm told] I can use a bit of healthy sanity.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/8/2011
interesting and beautifully constructed write, I always enjoy your writing and also want to thank yo0u for your reviews of mine-it means a lot
Reviewed by John Flanagan 1/8/2011
Scimitar, scythe or any cutting or cleaving instrument..Richard goes well beyond mere rant in this eloquent, thought-through work which makes the reader sit up straight and take full notice.
Exceptional writing.

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 1/8/2011
this is very well done and powerful! the whole thing feels like an electrical storm building massive energy in the atmosphere waiting, building, waiting, building, waiting, building, waiting for a disacharge---BOSH!! last line like lightning almost frightens, surprises, catches one off-guard, penetrates the skin, circumnavigates pre-emtpive cover-taking or mental defenses because it happens so fast. and the book of enoch is amazing. i sometimes wonder why they left that stuff out? good stuff richard.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/8/2011
A powerful poem, Richard. This one really stands up and demands attention. What with our wonderful President always on vacation...I'm sure he'll clean up this planet in no time. An excellent write. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 1/8/2011
wow you've read the Book of Enoch..that alone speaks volumes...much rant within this expression..."spiritual contriteness"...seems judgmental for an awakening being or seeker who would read, in my humble opinion, of course. However, it does get and brings a reader to abrupt attention, perhaps its intent?
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/8/2011
Points well made, Richard. Thank you for the reminder. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 1/8/2011
A fine tribute to our savior and Lord, my fine wordsmith. I am impressed at the emotional havoc you let slip here; there is something rare and rich about the curved arc in the first stanza as each word diminishes in length, but accumulates in intensity, a kind of ideological inversion that works wonderfully well, escalating towards the finish with the finesse of comparative efficacy that leaves us all indebted to the one through whom we must proceed if we are to attain any kind of true righteousness at all. I praise God he has paid the debt, and secured sanctification, for outside of Jesus we would all be lost in the mire you have so admirably expressed.
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