Center Ring

It gets worse.

I stood by the wall,
Watched, arms
Crossed. Sweat
Down my calves.

He sat with the word,
Taut, eyes
Bright, spirit
Power upon him.

The scribes listened,
Learnèd, ears
Closed, long
With doubt teeming.

Crowds I know,
Masses of people
Pressed, hosts
With desperate lives.

But this was new,
Unmatched, not
Foreseen: one
Mystery to behold.

For the sky
Fell, the roof
Caved in
Pay attention.

A fragment of plaster upon my sleeve
Disturbing my ennui.
What manner of message is this for me?
What portent from heaven?

But no great mystery to be revealed:
A mere hole in the roof–
A litter is lowered, a man inside,
Come with faith to be cured.

He forgives the man’s sin!

Scribes shook heads,
Muttered, not
Believing, thought:
Worst suspicions confirmed.

He looked in their minds,
Knew thoughts,
Called them
Called me, too.

As a sign, he then
Said Rise
and walk,
Which power is greater?

I cower inside,
Blaspheme, I
Can I be saved?

What reason have I,
Doubt, or
Belief? Both
Within my soul.

I have done no hard
Work, haven’t
Sought. I’m
Why did he come to me?

I am
Heal me, Lord.

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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3 Responses to Center Ring

  1. Greg Wright says:

    Peter reflects on the events of Luke 5.

  2. Jenn says:

    How many of us have our arms

    Fabulous phrasing for emphasis. Convicting but not shaming (at least to me).

    • Greg Wright says:

      Thanks, Jenn! I don’t often go in for that approach with line breaks, but it just really felt right for this piece. Something about the deconstruction of the roof.

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