Five Minute Friday: redeem

 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.


this is the word that comes to mind when I watch us
so uncomfortable
confronted by people’s pain
so panicked by the possibility of not understanding how the pieces fit together

petrified to imagine
a Kingdom
without walls
and a King
whose agenda is more than just

we skip lamentation in favor of logic
shut our eyes to our contribution to the casualties
gloss over grief in our frantic, frenzied rush to redeem

i did not ask for you
to explain my redemption to me
i did not ask for you
to make meaning of my pain
i did not ask for you
to seek the silver lining to the storm that stole from my soul

i know my own redemption
i hold it, hour by hour
breathe it in, conflict by conflict
live it, line by line

but you aren’t tracking down redemption for me—
you are looking for a reason
to keep your eyes
closed to

You can find the link up for today’s prompt here.

10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: redeem”

  1. We walk past lamentation,
    past offered cleft in Ages’ Rock,
    and choose imagination,
    cold logic of the Vulcan, Spock,
    to explain to weeping souls
    that there’s no reason for their tears,
    and that they will feel quite whole
    if they would just calm their fears
    with a guru or a pill,
    or a seminar online;
    buy the programme, pay the bill,
    and soon all will be fine
    and we then will not have to see
    the consequence of misery.


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