This is my most autobiographical poem; but it contains gems I think many others will identify with. You can read more of what I learned about the Bible during independent studies by downloading my free ebook: "What I Told My Son About the Bible: Things the Clergy Doesn't Want You to Know." I hope you enjoy reading "On a Path."
Ronald Regan was the 40th President of the United States. He is greatly missed.
On a Path
I emerged from the blur, Mom & Dad claimed I’d been born. They
right because I can see light. Mom spoke of days & nights but
every year family
& friends gathered and sang me a birthday song. It must be
year was shorn! During the early years I was told of Santa Claus, the
Bunny & the Tooth Fairy. I even saw
Santa on TV as he warned, "Boys
& girls should be nice." It convinced me; he must be
real. I also learned of
Jesus at Sunday school. I thought he was the boss of every day. Nothing
if he didn’t approve. "We’ll be
okay if we don’t stray. "
the late 1950’s grade school was a chore but my friends and I had a
kicked & batted balls, skated on the rink and drew &
colored pictures in art class. I even won some ribbons running
& jumping on the track. One day, some
preachers came and put up a circus tent in the nearby field. They
the people and we heard the word and offered our coins. But one dark
lit the abode and flames were seen in the sky. “It was God’s will!” the
preacher said, before they moved on to another berth. “How could it have happened?”
my young mind thought. "Why
didn't Jesus put out the fire?" But soon after, I guess I
In the 1960’s the world wasn’t safe as the Cold War was all the rage. When the Cuban Missile Crisis showed its face, some said God’s wrath was closing in. The nuclear scare caused people to hide in shelters with food & water in locked huge bins. Meanwhile some preachers claimed, "Surely Jesus will come in the nick of time and save us from our sins."
turned their ears and listened to rock & roll. The Hippies
dropped out, inhaled
a lot of smoke & put flowers in their long hair. Out went the
the war in Vietnam. Build a human chain and stay in pace!”
Then some young
dropped as the clocks on campuses stopped. In the war's
wake, even Johnson’s spin couldn’t
rewind his second bid.
the 70’s we were surprised that we still walked around. There were new
tunes and a
disco dance, but the decade’s ideals soon lost its sheen. As the pace
became a rush, I went to a southern Bible college and listened to their
wanted to serve but preferred to stay awake. Objectors
didn’t fit within the frame, even
if they were kind. At the decade’s end, it was time to move
& I left
in a hush.
80’s took a turn to the right. The music played on at Regan’s party as
they began the 40th
dance. The economy soared as old oaks were cut & roads
structures stood tall but got soaked with acid rain. They declared
on the 60’s and even planned a Star War’s shield. Near the
decade’s close, bubbles began to burst. The debris of
Iran-Contra was in the gale that knocked down the Berlin wall and broke
the Soviet Union. The world
wasn't the same and everyone wanted praise & passed
the 90’s I learned religion was like politics, just another game. I had
the funny history. The book of Genesis raised the curtain on the play
planet is very old, just as Darwin and others claimed. Three gospels
the heavens would shake when the Kingdom of God finally came. But Jesus
to show, like it was told & the first century church
got a blemish.
pseudo-John invented a different lord. When the 4th
story was told, the
protagonist specialized in saving souls & kept the second
history was rewritten. The act included the Revelation
the muddle. The cover-up salvaged the faith, by keeping people
could be right and no one was really wrong. Some said. "The prophecies didn't fail. The kingdom
already here; it’s the church, you see." Others kept on
saying, "Just look
at the signs; it’s coming later in the year!"
*ATI means "all that is."
The Naked Psalmist, a.k.a. Ken Koskinen, April 24th, 2011