Monday, January 10, 2011

Poem: "What is White?"


I was recently re-united with a book from my youth, titled "Hailstones and Halibut Bones; Adventures in Color" by Mary O'Neill.



Here is the poem "What is White?"


What is White?

White is a dove
And lily of the valley
And a puddle of milk
Spilled in an alley---
A ship’s sail
A kite’s tail
a wedding veil
Hailstones and
Halibut bones
And some people’s
Telephones.
The hottest and most blinding light
Is white.
And breath is white
When you blow it out on a frosty night.
White is the shining absence of all color
Then absence is white
Out of touch
Out of sight.
White is marshmallow
And vanilla ice cream
And the part you can’t remember
In a dream.
White is the sound
Of a light foot walking
White is the beautiful
Broken lace
Of snowflakes falling
On your face.
You can smell white
In a country room
Toward the end of may
In the cherry bloom.

From: Hailstones and Halibut Bones (1961)Mary O’Neill
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ethics and Emotions

Here is an article on the real problems with a post-Christian society and the rules made by those who can weave the best emotional narrative.

In this article written by Wesley J. Smith, the point is made in law and ethics, when we are reduced to decision making by the tug on our heart strings rather than guiding principles; the best presentation and play on one's emotions wins.

For the first blog of the New Year, I am letting someone else's words be a guide.

The link is here.

My greatest wish and prayer for this year ahead is that we turn off the distractions and surrounding emotional frenzy, and spend time renewing our minds to the truth claims of Christianity. That we realize the importance of loving God with our minds...Christianity has the answers to this bleak and dark world. It is high time that we get up off our backsides and tell the world again!

God, help your body to out-think the world for your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Amen.