Pastor’s Pondering – July 18, 2018

“The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself,
but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.”
-James Baldwin, reporting on African art.

 

So what image shall I use

To portray the force

Of a life held back,

Of garden mowed over

Before it came to bloom?

 

And what image shall I use

To portray the spirit

Of a child neglected,

Of a fish struggling

In a shallow puddle?

 

And what image shall I useP

To portray the heart

Of us who let this happen,

Of a locust husk left behind

The plague that devoured a harvest?

 

George R. Pasley
July 16, 2018

Martin TN

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