Thursday, March 6, 2008

Watching you die

"O Rose thou art sick
The invisible worm.
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:

Has found out they bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy."
-Sir William Blake

I always feel that my writing comes off very macabre and cynical--which is odd because if you know me, that couldn't misrepresent my spirit and personality more. However, I think there is a soft side of me which watches from beneath the shade of my own soul, silently observing and grieving for the dying roses of the world. 
Something very interesting about this poem... notice the rose doesn't know it is sick. Someone had to tell it that it is not only sick, but dying. Clearly Blake wasn't talking about an actual rose, but about human nature. 
Isn't that just how life works sometimes? One thing leads to another. One small action justifies another, but sometimes when we walk life one foot in front of the other, constantly looking at our steps, sometimes we forget where our feet are taking us. 
I don't think Jesus was just talking about money when He said that we can only serve one master. We love one, and hate the other. Even if we don't claim to feel that way, often our lives do all the talking we'll ever need to do.  For there is someone else, someone besides God who would love to "love" a rose like you, but as you let him take you by the hand and learn to follow him and learn to love him, Satan's dark secret love, does thy life destroy. 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" - Ephesians 6:12

"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick" -Matthew 9:12, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31

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