Five Minute Friday: Order

Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles and for cultivating a playful approach to the writing work that can sometimes be taken oh-so-seriously.

they talk about ‘natural order’
as if they were actually
in the beginning
naked and fearless and
wildly unprofessional.

they preach their ‘objective’
idea of beautiful, how your
don’t measure up if you don’t match the vision;
called ‘chaos’ if you
no longer care what they think.

they’ll scream into the mic about ‘truth’
as if they’d ever
that they might not have found it, that
maybe there’s more layered through the lines
than their wise eyes
have uncovered.

Somewhere along the path, ‘order’
became code for
certainty and a unbroken promise
that you’d never have to
doubt, so fear could
masquerade as faith.

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4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Order”

  1. Amanda, I wasn’t intending on saying more than “Good post!”; I’m still very worn out from the past couple of weeks.

    But, you made me think.

    They want our minds to march along
    and salute them in the viewing stands,
    singing their self-worthy song,
    and applauding with jazz hands.
    They want that we should glad-embrace
    their vision for a Brave New World,
    the vapid bright God-absent face
    that we should be working toward.
    But I think I’ll step aside,
    and find myself a brick,
    and soon the knowledge will betide
    of just what makes me tick;
    not workers’ uniforms and ties,
    but belief that freedom never dies.

  2. What a strong and powerful post, Amanda. Your words resonated very deeply with me.
    Yes, it’s so terrible when order leads to rules and laws that enslave and segregate people and when community becomes cult!

    • “Community becomes cult.” Oof! Yes! You nailed it. Our sense of insecurity drives us to self-protect, and becomes dangerous and toxic. Grateful for the kindness of Christ that can lead us out.


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