Thursday, May 24, 2012

Red Lettered Words

We want more wine the wedding party said.
"My time has not yet come." These are the red
lettered words of Jesus, so named the Christ,
the King of all the Jews--living and dead.

"They have no wine" says the mother of Christ.
"My time has not yet come." These are the red
lettered words of Jesus, as in the eyes
and ears of them who wrote what Jesus said.

To the servants, "Do what he says" alright.
"These jars with water do fill" Jesus said.
"Do fill them. Fill them to the brim, rim height.
My time has not come yet." These are the red

lettered words of Jesus, as in the eyes
of them who tasted water turned to wine.

Copyright 2012 emmett wheatfall
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Mirror Mirror On the Wall


Unto his followers Jesus once said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Of his two great commandments this was the second.

But what if I have no concept of self? By the way, how can I? I am not my own creator. I am not the maker of my own self. Neither am I a self-made man.

Unto what can I look to catch a glimpse of myself?

What? A mirror?

Okay. Mirror mirror on the wall? Who am I, and what am I called?

(MOMENTARY SILENCE)

Ah, right! Mirrors don’t speak. They only reflect the exterior of me, that material silhouette of me, that external imagine representing the essence of me. If I have no concept of myself, how am I going to obey Christ’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself?”

And who is my neighbor anyway, the guy next door? The woman seated at the table across from me in the coffee shop? The colleague whose office is adjacent to mine?

How can I love a neighbor with a love for which I do not have for myself, given the fact I have no concept of myself?

What? Jesus loves me?

Does Jesus love himself? How has he loved himself?

He loved himself enough to endure the horrible death of the cross? He loved himself enough to embrace the rejection of the world he created for himself? He loved himself enough to take upon himself the burden of having his followers pervert, corrupt, distort, exploit his message of hope, redemption, and salvation? He loved me enough to call me to follow him?

He’s loved me enough to give me his sense of self. And now, with him in me and I in him, I am able to fulfill his second commandment “to love my neighbor,” that guy next door, the woman seated at the table across from me in the coffee shop, the colleague whose office is adjacent to mine “as myself.”

Copyright 2012 emmett wheatfall
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Will You Remember Me

I.



Will you remember me

When I've turned old and gray

Will you remember me

When I have no spoken word to say



2.



Will you remember me

When my life has come and gone

Will you remember me

When my heart and my soul they move on

Will you

remember

me



3.



Will you remember me

And all the poems I've let live

Will you remember me

When I have nothing more to give



4.



Will you remember me

When I no longer known my name

Will you remember me

When to the wind they scatter my remains



(Bridge)



Will you remember me

Cause I'll remember you

The smiles on yours faces

My many trips to Backspace

How the lights were brought low

The starting time of every show

I ask you

Will you

Remember

me



Cause I'll

remember you



5.



I'll remember

Robin Bateman

Chris Leja

Rachel Rosen

Laura Ruth Dalby



6.



I'll remember

Tyler Atwood

Emily Cousins

Brit Shostak

My man Johnny No Bueno

Deshaun Dowdy

Eriean Bradley





7.

And I'll remember

Oh yeah

Doc

Doc

Doc Luben

And Josh Luben

Bill Stanford

Leah Noble Davidson

Mike McGee

Jill Greenseth

Randy Darris

Mo Cheng



(ADD LIB)



Will you remember me

And all the poems I've let live

Will you remember me

When I have nothing more to give



Will you remember me

When I no longer known my name

Will you remember me

When to the wind they scatter my remains



Will you remember me

Cause I'll remember you



Will you remember me

Will you

Remember

me





Unpublished

Will You Remember Me

(Poem) Copyright 2012 emmett wheatfall

(Music) Our Love by Brian Culbertson Album: Come On Up

All Rights Reserved



This poem is dedicated to Portland Poetry Slam. It is best

serve when accompanied by Our Love by Brian Culbertson.