How do you describe a tree
    To a blind man?
What do the words tall
    Green or branch signify?
How do you meaningfully distinguish
    Between shade and broad sunlight
    Between dappled rays and black of night?

“Take a thin bit of your darkness
And then imagine other bits
Of darkness coming off to left and right
With still other bits of darkness
Of a slightly different shade
Sprouting off or hanging
Pendant from those first bits and
Waving about
No, fluttering
No, just hanging”

Words fail us.

As well say
A tree is a noun
Festooned with other nouns
That verb adverbly
In vibrant shades of adjective.

Article is nice, aren’t they?

And what does sight mean
    To a man born blind?
Verbal gymnastics become so much chaff
    Useless scales to be laid aside.

Men are not trees,
    Nor like trees, but moving about.
When you have finally seen a man
    Or a tree you know it.

The Kingdom of God is not a metaphor
    Nor like a simile.
Should we bow and scrape to an analogy?

As well say
The Kingdom of God is
A thin bit of your darkness
Verbed with vibrant nouns of adjective

This is the silence of darkness
    The solo voice of your empty friend
Harmonizing with the melody of the Liar

When you finally see the light, you will know it

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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One Response to Interrogative

  1. Greg Wright says:

    Peter is highly intrigued by the healing of the blind man, and the progressive return of his sight.

    See Psalm 88:18 and 92:3.

    We are all too often seduced by our own limited understanding of the Kingdom, and getting in pissing contests, as it were, over whose deficient vision is “better” than the other’s… when all will pale in the Presence of true insight. How much better to embrace the value of every tale or doctrine or metaphor or parable, however imperfect, that increases our understanding of God?

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