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…….The Unknown God

In Athens, Paul on Mars Hill stood,
  An ocean stirred by storm
That raged within his righteous soul
.   To call for their reform.

For he had walked the city streets,
  And seen an army there,
As mute as wood and stone can be –
.   Their idols ev’ry where.

Religious men, the Grecians were;
  They grew gods like the grain
That fills a golden field with heads
  Till numb’ring them is vain.

They had gods of both love and war,
  And gods of fire and light,
A god of travel, god of home,
  A god for help at night.

But what struck Paul strikes me as well –
.   An altar all alone,
As if it were a diff’rent thing,
.  One to a god unknown.

Since Paul knew Him they did not know,
.   He told them of the Christ,
And how He conquered death and grave
.   Post being sacrificed.

They sneered in scorn when they heard that –
.   A man raised from the dead!
Their minds were stuck on wood and stone
.   That can’t rise from a bed.

But He was there, among their gods,
.   A god of “just in case”,
A token, just an afterthought
  They granted bit of space.

Not much has changed upon the earth,
  Though gone are gods of stone.
The faith of Christ drove them away –
.   Jehovah stands alone.

But in the lives of most of men
  Who grant that He is God
They fill their city with all else,
.   And give Him just a nod.

He’s still an amulet, a charm
  As idols have the throne
That sits within the hearts of men,
.   And He? He’s still unknown.


© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2014


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The butterfly the ancient Grecians made
The soul’s fair emblem, and its only name –
But of the soul, escaped the slavish trade
Of mortal life! – for in this earthly frame
Ours is the reptile’s lot, much toil, much blame,
And to deform and kill the things whereon we feed.


photo by Kevin Tuck at http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mxMKU6S/Blue+butterfly


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