Thursday, August 21, 2014

PENTECOST AT AUSCHWITZ

 
 
 
 

 
 
PENTECOST AT AUSCHWITZ
 
 
 
 
 
MY NAME IS KRZYSZTOF
 
MY CAMP NUMBER WAS 8439470547
 
I SURVIVED THE CAMPS
 
BECAUSE I AM A POLE NOT A JEW
 
I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE HOSPITAL
 
 AT AUSCHWITZ
 
 
HOSPITAL IT WAS CALLED
 
MORE A THRESHOLD TO DEATH
 
 
OUT OF CHANCE
 
ON THE TRAIN WERE EIGHT PREGNANT WOMEN
 
FOR SOME REASON THEY DECIDED TO LET THEM LIVE
 
 
ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THEY DELIVERED
 
PROBABLY BROUGHT ON
 
 BY THE RIGORS OF CATTLE CAR TRANSPORTATION
 
 
THEN HAPPENED A BRIGHT MOMENT
 
I LIVE AND CRY WITH THAT MOMENT
 
WITH THE BEAUTY OF THAT MOMENT
 
THE MOTHERS WERE NURSING THEIR BABIES
 
SINGING LULLABIES
 
IN THE OWN TONGUES
 
Go to asleep my tiny baby,
Try to sleep and get asleep
Till the white dawns break the day.
Then wake up as a grown child.
Till tomorrow at the (white) dawns.
 
Culcă-te, puiuţ micuţ,
Scoală-te mărişoruţ.
Culcă-te şi te abuă
Până mâine-n dalbă ziuă.
Şi te culcă şi adormi

 
Romanian
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Lie my little angel, lie and sleep,
mum is rocking her baby.
Lie, sleep sweet, the little one,
mum is rocking her baby.
Hajej můj andílku hajej a spi,
matička kolíbá děťátko svý.
Hajej dadej, nynej, malej,
Matička kolíbá děťátko svý.
Czech
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Nani nani my child.
Come Sleep make it sleep
and sweetly lull it.
Come Sleep from the vineyards
take my child from the hands.
 

Νάνι νάνι το παιδί μου.
Έλα Ύπνε ύπνωσέ το
και γλυκά ‘ποκοίμησέ το.
Έλα ύπνε ‘πό τ’ αμπέλια,
πάρ’ το παιδί μου από τα χέρια.
Greek
 
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Under Baby’s cradle in the night
Stands a goat so soft and snowy white
The Goat will go to the market
To bring you wonderful treats
He’ll bring you raisins and almonds
Sleep, my little one, sleep.
 
 
 
אין דעם בית המקדש
אין א ווינקל חדר
זיצט די אלמנה בת ציון אליין
איר בן יחיד’ל יידעלע’ן
וויגט זי כסדר
און זינגט אים צום שלאפן א לידעלע שיין
 
yiddish
 
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A FESTIVAL OF TONGUES
 
A ONENESS OF HEARTS
 
A BRIEF MOMENT OF HOPE
 
THAT DIED ABORNING
 
THAT NIGHT I RETURNED TO THE MEN’S BARRACKS
 
WHEN I RETURNED
 
ALL WERE DEAD BY NEEDLE INJECTION OF PHENOL
 
WITH SO MUCH DEATH
 
THAT ONE STUCK
 
I HOPE IN HEAVEN
 
THERE’S A SPECIAL PLACE
 
 FOR THESE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
 
CERTAINLY IT WAS NOT GOD’S PLAN THAT THEY DIED
 
THOSE WHO ABETTED IT BY SILENCE
 
ARE AS GUILTY AS THE MURDERERS


Sunday, August 17, 2014

OUTRAGE


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OUTRAGE

 



 

I SUPPOSE WE SHOULD CALL IT AN IMPROVEMENT

WHEN THE AUTHORITIES DO NOT

CALL THE LATEST VICTIM OF VIOLENCE

WHO SUSTAINED FIVE BULLET WOUNDS

A SUICIDE

 

WHERE IS THE MORAL OUTRAGE

AMONG GOOD MOSLEMS

FOR THE OUTRAGES

COMMITTED IN THEIR RELIGION’S NAME

 

WE HAVE NO REASON TO BE SMUG

WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE

WHEN WE SLAUGHTERED JEWS

ENSLAVED BLACKS

FORCED CONVERSION

ON LATIN AMERICA

 

WE ALL HAVE DIRTY HANDS

 

WE JUSTIFY IT

BE CLAIMING WE ARE DOING GOD’S WORK

 

BUT GOD SAYS

IF YOU ARE SLAYING PEOPLE IN MY NAME

YOU’VE GOT IT WRONG

 

I DID NOT DIE

THAT DEATH MIGHT TRIUMPH

 

  I have come that YOU may have life, and have it to the full.

 

WE ARE PLAYING

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

 

WHEN THE WINNER PREVAILS

HE WILL BE ALL ALONE

ALL ALONE

WITH NO ONE WITH WHICH TO PLAY

OR SHARE HIS VICTORY

 

HIS VICTORY WILL BE LIKE SAND

TRICKLING THROUGH HIS FINGERS


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Monday, August 11, 2014

DANCING ON THE SHOES OF MY DAD




DANCING ON THE SHOES OF MY DAD

HE WAS MY FIRST LOVE
HE WAS MY CONSTANT LOVE
IN ALL OF LIFE’S VAGARIES
HE WAS MY DAD
I MISS HIM

WHEN THE MOOD HIT HIM
HE’D PLAY A RECORD

THEN WITH AN ELEGANT BOW
HE’D ASK ME FOR A DANCE

I’D CLIMB HIS SHOES
AWAY WE’D WHIRL
SAFE AND SECURE IN MY FATHER’S ARMS

THE MEMORY OF THOSE DANCES
SUSTAINED ME
WHEN THE WORLD WAS COLD
AND UNINVITING

I TREASURED THEM

SO MUCH SO THAT I FANTASIZE
THAT IN HEAVEN
ANGELS ARE LINED UP

TO DANCE WITH MY DAD

RESTITUTION




RESTORE


MY FRIEND CONFIDED IN ME
THAT HE HAD DONE A BAD THING
HE ASKED ME HOW I FELT ABOUT IT
WOULD I STILL BE HIS FRIEND

WHO AM I TO THROW THE FIRST STONE
OR THE LAST
I’M A SINNER LIKE YOU

 THERE’S THE RUB
WE’VE BEEN FORGIVEN
BUT WHAT’S OUR OBLIGATION
TO CORRECT THE HARM WE HAVE DONE

WE DON’T HEAR THAT FROM THE PULPIT
OR A LEAST I HAVEN’T

THE LIE THAT NEEDS TRUTH

THE THING TAKEN
THAT NEEDS RETURNING

THE PERSON HURT
THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED
 FOR FORGIVENESS

TO FORGIVE SOMEONE
THAT NEEDS FORGIVENESS

THE BOUNDARY MARKER MOVED

THE GOD WHO NEEDS PRIMACY OF PLACE
ABOVE ALL THE BAUBLES OF OUR LIFE

LACK OF RESTITUTION
SMACKS TO ME LIKE CHEAP GRACE
I’M FORGIVEN
CONDUCT DOESN’T MATTER

THE GOSSIP
CAN CONTINUE TO LIE
WITH IMPUNITY
SHE’S FORGIVEN
THE THIEF
HIS SPOIL

THE ADULTERER
HIS PLEASURE

NO NEED TO AMEND
OR OBLIGATION TO AMEND
WHERE WE HAVE MISSED THE MARK

WE FORGET
OR THINK WE’RE EXCUSED
FROM PS 51:1-3


 GENEROUS IN LOVE—GOD, GIVE GRACE!
    HUGE IN MERCY—WIPE OUT MY BAD RECORD.
SCRUB AWAY MY GUILT,
    SOAK OUT MY SINS IN YOUR LAUNDRY.
I KNOW HOW BAD I’VE BEEN;
    MY SINS ARE STARING ME DOWN



TO WHICH WE MIGHT ADD
CALLING FOR RESTITUTION

OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
THREE ARE AGAINST GOD
THEY PROCLAIM HE IS NOT IMPORTANT
IN MY LIFE

SEVEN ARE AGAINST THE COMMUNITY
THEY DESTROY ITS PEACE

TRUE REPENTANCE
CALLS FOR RESTORATION OF THAT PEACE
MOVING THE BOUNDARY MARKER
BACK TO ITS PLACE

FRANK A VOLLMER

Friday, August 1, 2014

CHILDREN ON A BUS

CHILDREN ON A BUS
 
 
I DO NOT CLAIM
TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO IMMIGRATION
BUT SOMEHOW
I DO NOT FIND JESUS
PROTEST VIOLENTLY
THE ARRIVAL OF CHILDREN
 
IN OUR COUNTRY
CHILDREN ARE LEAVING
THE OLD TOWNS
THERE’S NO JOBS
NO FUTURE THERE
 
THESE CHILDREN HAVE THE SAME DREAMS
 
CHEAP LABOR
KEPT LOW
FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS
PROMISE NO BRIGHT FUTURE
 
BUT AS TO IMMIGRATION
I DO NOT THINK THE BIBLE IS JUST HAPPY TALK
BUT A WAY OF LIFE
 
WE CALL OURSELVES
A CHRISTIAN NATION
WHERE IS THE COMPASSION
IN SOLVING THE PROBLEM
 
ARE WE WILLING
TO HAVE A HALF A LOAF
SO OTHERS MAY HAVE SOME
 
CHRIST WAS AN IMMIGRANT IN EGYPT
CHRIST IS AN IMMIGRANT NOW
HOW DO WE GREET HIM
 
 
FRANK A VOLLMER


NOAH

NOAH
 
 
MAN HAS BEEN ON EARTH CIRCA 200,000 YEARS
WHICH TRANSLATES TO CIRCA 198,000 BC
WHEN MAN WAS IN THE GARDEN
 
NOAH LIVED CIRCA 1500 YEARS AFTER ADAM
WHICH TRANSLATES TO CIRCA 196,500 BC
 
MODERN BIBLE SCHOLARS ARGUE
 WHETHER THE STORY IS FACT
OR FICTION
 
SO MANY DATES ARE GIVEN FOR WHEN IT OCCURRED
OF WHICH MINE IS ONE
 
THE FLOOD EPIC
IS COMMON FOLKLORE IN MID EAST CULTURE
SO A FLOOD MUST HAVE HAPPENED LOCALLY
IT BECAME IN MEN’S MINDS
THE FLOOD
 
LIKE THE WORD TSUNAMI
BRINGS TO MEMORY
THE RECENT FAREAST DISASTER
 
THE BIBLE IS NOT HISTORY
NEITHER BIOLOGICAL
NOR GEOLOGICAL
 
IT’S LITERATURE
A BOOK OF MORALS
A BOOK OF TARGETS
WE SO OFTEN MISS
 
FINDING THE ARK ON A MOUNTAIN TOP
DOES NOT MAKE FOR A BETTER WORLD
BUT RESCUING THOSE
FOR WHOM THE WORLD DOES NOT CARE
WILL
IF WE HAVE THE WILL

 
THE STORY GOES
THAT GOD WAS DISGUSTED WITH HIS PEOPLE
HE WANTED TO DESTROY THEM
BUT FOR ONE GOOD MAN
HE WOULD HAVE
 
I WILL GIVE MY CREATION
A CHANCE TO START AGAIN
IT WAS A PLAN
IT DIDN’T WORK
 
THE NEW MAN BECAME LIKE THE OLD MAN
IT NEEDED A GOOD BOOK
IT NEEDED CHRIST
 
SO WHETHER IT IS THE ARK
OR THE GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP
OUR CONDUCT IS MORE IMPORTANT


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LOTUS CROSS

THE LOTUS CROSS


WHEN THE APOSTLES
WERE ASSIGNING MISSION FIELDS
THEY GAVE THOMAS
INDIA

THERE WERE JEWISH COMMUNITIES THERE
COURTESY OF THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY

HE WAS SUCCESSFUL
THEY WERE KNOWN AS ST THOMAS CHRISTIANS

IT EXISTS STILL TODAY
IT HAS GONE THROUGH CHANGES
FROM APOSTOLIC
NESTORIAN
CATHOLIC
ORTHODOX
SPLIT OVER IOTAS

BUT ALL ALONG
PREACHING GOD’S WORD
DOING GOD’S WORK
HIS NAME BE PRAISED




IN THE EAST THE LOTUS FLOWER IS IMPORTANT
TO ITS MAJOR RELIGIONS
IT STANDS AS A SYMBOL
THAT MAN CAN TRIUMPH

IT STARTS IN MUD
IN MUDDY WATER
GROWS
TILL IT STANDS ABOVE THE WATER
THEN BLOOMS
DISPLAYING A BUDDHIST SAYING


RISE
ABOVE THE MURK
TO ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENMENT.
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SO STRONG IS THE ATTACHMENT IN THE EAST
THEY USED IT IN THEIR CHRISTIAN LOGO



THE LOTUS CROSS

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Lacking the effigy of Jesus, the St. Thomas Cross presages the discovery of the empty tomb, glorifying the Resurrection of Jesus
  The four edges of the cross are floral in shape, symbolizing fruition and life.
  The lotus flower beneath the cross is a symbol of Buddhism and India. A cultural adaptation of local imagery, the lotus is the national flower of India and the cross fixed on the lotus would symbolize Christianity in India in the first century. The lotus is also a Puranic holy flower, an offering to God in the Hindu tradition; anything offered on the leaves of lotus is considered to be auspicious.
  The three steps below the Cross represent Golgotha, symbolically referring to the death of Jesus
  Finally, the dove above the cross represents the Holy Spirit, the third aspect of the Holy Trinity according to the Christian tradition. It is this spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and bestows gifts upon the Church's faithful.






THE CHURCH WAS SUSTAINED BY THE SILK ROAD
A TRADE ROUTE KNOWN TO THE ANCIENTS
RUNNING FROM CHINA TO ROME
IT HELPED SPREAD CHRISTIANITY
ALONG ITS ROUTE

CHRISTIANITY OF ALL FLAVORS

WHY DO THEY TREAT THESE PEOPLE AS ENEMIES
WHEN THEY WERE DOING GOD’S WORK

THOMAS THE DOUBTER
REASONABLY
COULD ASK
WHY


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