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The Web Poetry Corner - Joris John Heise - Noah and the Ark (Lectionary ' 23)

Noah and the Ark (Lectionary ' 23)


Joris John Heise

Old Noah’s ark settled like a seed
And his little life so altered what’s small
It got gigantic, cascading all across our sphere!

Jesus’s temptation took a little time
While old beasts and god angels wrestle
In odd ambiguity and aches of body;

Small tension moments mint beginnings
As rare as soft, high rainbows soothing us
When sun develops rain to instant color.

Like Noah, each needs to fight current scoffers:
Let live your deeper loves, believe the risk past today—
And later fruit will be produced this time;

It takes strong soul to pledge such love—
That Mary’s yes, that Jesus’ News—
Which makes a healing of all hurt;

And then you dance beneath grand rainbows,
Beyond the rain of human tears beyond
That sun-soaked, fertile Galilee of yours.

Once past whole earths that died beneath the rain,
You sacrifice the more—some precious-most—
Believing Plato’s shadows yield to substance.

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