The point of this piece is to criticize a lot of popular movements in various Christian-related groups, including Mormons. It's points are a bit subtle, but present. It was the last poem to be submitted, and came as part of a package right along with "The Modern Pursuers," called "Modern and Lament."
"Lament, My Soul, and Be Crucified"
Written in May of 2003
The young man joined the prayer circle...
One by one, they pleaded the Lord's mercy...
The young man began his prayer: "Heavenly Father..."
Then he pleaded to the Lord for relatives;
Some of whom had passed through the veil long ago...
Plea after plea until he was done...
Upon the end all celebrated in fellowship.
Unfortunately truth suffered in the joy;
That evening one of them died.
The young man fell to his knees, crying: "How could I?"
"How could I put truth in such disrepair?
All for such tantalizing sweetness of charity!
I don't know the state of the dead man's faith!
Because I disgraced the truth—cared more for friendship!
More than...You—the Most Holy Perfect God!!!"
Doubt and loss may have escorted him;
I pray this is not the case.
If it is, O Lord, then break my heart;
Leave it with a sore, so that I the lesson will always remain.
In His Name, AMEN
© 2004 Tri-Sola Poetry. Reprinted with permission.
- Unlike the previous poems and essay, which were all in the form of print, this and "The Modern Pursuers" were both submitted as e-mail.
- The photo was originally of a church facade in downtown Lansing, MI.
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