To Him They Belong

Down to sleep
their souls to keep
Vulnerable
innocent and meek

Somewhere
below life’s glitter
pure evil seeps
from a broken gutter
Grim trauma to reap
Innocence shattered
beyond all hope
as mothers weep

Watch out now
Take care
Beware
Given enough rope
all things dark
and fearful
… into the deep

Tell me it isn’t so
down below
where the siren sings
The hand pulling strings
Through the madness
I glimpse the enemy
seething
in a hatred burning
for all humanity
The young and the old
the slave and the free
Subjects all since the fall
to a ruling tyranny
Under a blazing sun
Under the gun
Religious divisions
of endless hostility
Knives and bombs
in the hands
of young children

Better a rock
tied to the neck
Preachers of hatred
Masters of fear
Lords of war
… all into the deep

Only stardust?
Are we golden?
Lonely
tarnished and broken?
Compassion lacking?
Truly nothing lost
… for good
All things to gain
Jesus loves me
Yes, this I know
Absolutely
His grace
his mercy
keeping me sane
His strength
surrounding me
Some things seen only
through the eyes
of eternity

For goodness sake
my soul to take
back to the Garden
Loving kindness
like a forgiven mistake
The thrill of life
playing
exploring
with great excitations
All things bright
and beautiful
Those Good Vibrations
of a Universe unfolding
Like a nurturing Mother
Expectations rewarding
of a Father loving

Anticipation
truly
surely
the Prince of Peace
needs be returning
How long?
For they are weak
and to Him they belong

Watch out now
Take care
Beware those
who in darkness reap
Cellar dwellers
lacking character
In broken weakness
blaming it on their nature
Yet He is strong!
The One
and only true hope
their souls to keep

Omega predators
war mongers
and religious deceivers
bottom feeders
of the shallow
and stagnant waters
all monsters that creep
destroyers of innocence
malignant tools & fools
aboard a sinking ship
given enough rope
… now into the deep

~ by David B. Redpath Β© 2017 – 2020

Photography:
David B. Redpath Β© 2019 – 2020

133 thoughts on “To Him They Belong”

  1. This moved me intensely David. β€œSome things seen only through the lens of eternity.” Yes, but heaven should be here and now also. And it is in humanity’s hands to bring in the Good Kingdom

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Lorraine.
      Yes, to express the anger …
      Who is ‘Mr. Duplicity’, bearing responsibility?
      Deity, humanity, or both
      simultaneously?

      “And I’m here,
      to remind you
      Of the mess you left
      when you went away.
      It’s not fair, to deny me
      Of the cross I bear
      that you gave to me
      You, you, you oughta know.”

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      1. That is always the question isn’t it David. Whose responsibility is it. Some could say it is God’s for even putting the apple there. And then of course, we get all the arguments about freewill and robots. I wonder what those who live in lands where people are murdered daily would have to say about this? If of course they even could think of it when of necessity so preoccupied with grief and striving.

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      2. No divine intervention
        required. Man has always
        been more than capable of inflicting violence, slavery,
        suffering, and poverty upon
        his fellow man.
        ‘Quality of Life’,
        is a modern concept.
        ‘Standard of Living’
        is the game
        Always higher is the aim.
        Western materialism
        spiritually bankrupt.
        Is theology a luxury?
        Man has the potential already to solve all the
        the world’s man-made
        problems.
        The Sermon on the Mount
        is a great start.
        We have already the intelligence, the technology,
        and the imagination to
        avoid the looming tribulation, born of
        selfishness and tribalism. In disunity there is no blessing.
        The will to overcome and
        rise above is missing.
        For me, theology is
        meaningless religion, without the personal touch
        of Jesus Christ.
        To seek first the Kingdom.
        One day, all will be concise
        and clear. In the meantime
        … hope, faith, and love.

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      3. Absolutely David. But who wants to? Not the majority because many only want their own power. But again this is often because of weakness and insecurities. Yes God made this world and saw that it was good. Sadly it got messed up. But without that free will what would we be? Complicated questions I suppose David. I agree theology might be seen as a luxury.

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      4. As you may have noticed,
        BeeZeeGee, I am often
        guilty of taking song lyrics
        out of context. I quoted
        from Alanis Morissette’s
        ‘You Oughta Know’.
        I just like the rage she
        compresses into that song.

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  2. Oh thanks David. I like hearing of new songs. I will listen to it. I am a dunce lol. I keep missing people’s comments and replies to my comments Ha! Duh! Yes though, faith, hope and live. These three REMAIN. We lose hold of them very often, but then we always return to them. God bless you David. Enjoy your trek!

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  3. Beautiful Photoart
    by someone who’s so smart.
    Your poem breaks my heart
    as it makes me feel part
    of a story so sad;
    all wars are truly mad.
    You combine many things
    that give your poem wings
    of a powerful piece
    for a wish of world peace.

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    1. Thank you muchly,
      Marta.
      To sorrow one must not
      become a martyr.
      For in this broken
      forsaken world
      there is always more
      just around the corner.
      So I say today we need
      much love & laughter.
      And sorrow can wait
      till tomorrow.

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      1. By the way, my last post is a review I wrote about a friend of mine’s book. My intention is to get him a few more readers as this friend has helped me so much. I think he is a very good writer who deserves more recognition (probably like you all). Perhaps you could check out this post? It means a lot to me, much more than all my humble writing attempts.
        Here is the link:Β https://momentsbloc.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/a-review-of-this-way-to-the-end-a-book-by-mario-savioni/

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  4. I often think of “better a rock…”. How accomplished humans are at creating hell on earth.
    Great post!
    (Also, I thought I had started following you a while ago, but wasn’t seeing any of your work. WP has been an interesting experience for this non techy mind πŸ™‚ )

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      1. David, you are destined
        For all things, pristine
        I honestly believe
        Your highness can never deceive
        A true blue blood
        you are
        That’s what , I and my mind perceive
        Bravo, Redpath !!

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      1. Sadly, Lindy has forbidden me from
        having a kitty. Too much native
        wildlife around here. And cat’s get
        the munchies. So instead I have
        a black miniature caboodle, the
        size of a cat. But it thinks it’s a
        Minotaur, and trys to make trouble 😎

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      2. Haha! Well, Lindy is right. Kitty makes for good snacking…but then you could have a kitty and caboodle…πŸ™ƒ
        We also have a small black terrier/whatsit that thinks she is a big black wolfβ€”fierce!

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    1. Thank you interdimensionally
      intensely, Resa πŸ’« ♾️ πŸ™
      Sometimes they arrive promptly,
      with a little prompting. This piece
      was a while ago, so I’ve had time
      to tinker and panel beat it a bit 😎
      In all of creation I always find
      that seeking the Great Spirit is the
      very best source of inspiration ✝️

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  5. Starting my day reading this reading this outloud. Coffee in one hand, heart pounding out of my chest. I hope You realize this is a huge compliment…I’ve always wanted to say it but didn’t want to offend You or to sound ignorant…which I can SOOO be!!! 🀣But one of my favorite poets is Anne Sexton because NO MATTER WHAT she is talking about (and oft times I have NO idea) she carries my heart, soul and emotions on a journey. I find myself laughing or crying or heart pounding or feeling shoved to the ground or lifted high…I have never tried to understand what she was talking about when her words are too much for my brain because my body/soul understands what she’s saying. She’s magical to me. And Your poetry is the same experience. Just epic and driving and joyfully carrying everyone along for the ride!!! I read Your words outloud and it’s “All Aboard!!!” Thank You for resharing this and for All You share!!! Cheers!!! πŸ€—πŸŒ€πŸŒŸ

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  6. Deeply moving to those of us waiting for the Lord in his time but a lot of ugly all around, spinning. Yet there are some beautifully kind people to that have faith. Strongly worded and well said my friend. Love πŸ’• Joni

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    1. Thank you very much, Joni πŸ™ 😎
      Yes, there is a slow train coming,
      up around the bend. But there is
      much chaos and heartbreak to go
      down before the King comes back
      to town. Thankfully, can wear a hopeful
      smile, rather than a fearful frown ✝️

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      1. You could surely be right my friend. I am hoping sooner rather than later. “Mark 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. 32 But as for that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
        “Great poem”

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    1. Thanks Charlie πŸ™
      The Book of Love πŸ“–
      has already been written
      upon the hearts
      of the poets, the artists,
      and lovers,
      since the dawn of creation
      seeking a taste
      of that celestial perfection
      The only question …
      Who wrote the Book of Love❓

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      1. According to ancient Hindu script,
        man made the gods.
        I am convinced, beyond question,
        that the great I Am, beyond space
        and time, is where it all began.
        Like a supreme poet, he bespoke
        this existence. There’s a musical
        echo of that voice reverberating
        across the Universe
        (the astrophysicists have heard it).
        And I’m certain there’s a grand plan.
        The quest majestΓ© is to seek it.

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      2. Love is the question
        that requires answering
        Love is the answer
        There to be questioned
        Sowing and reaping
        Idolatry lost
        wilderness wandering
        All washed up
        by the Rivers of Babylon
        Time standing still
        A lost generation
        signs and wonders seeking
        The scenery is ever changing
        No greater love
        The divine example given
        The Word spoken
        echoing throughout
        the alleyways of oblivion
        the whisper of Salvation

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