The Electric Riverbed

By the electric riverbed I laid

Taken captive by its sound

The sweet, fake droning of this false place

Lulled me in and out of sleep

As my hand hung in its binary shore

Feeling the bits of information wash over my fingertips and disappear as they came
 
 
The river lapping at the land

Licking its digital lips a little at a time

A little at a time

I recognized its danger

Yes, it’s shallow but it stretches for miles

Look, it goes on and on
 
 
The sound

I wish I could explain it

Like something I’ve heard

Before but it’s

Not there

Can my mind tell the difference

Between

An electric riverbed and a real one?

 
 
Photo credit: “physical bit” by Flickr user Miki Toshimichi

American Man, Give What You’ve Got

The power and resources
Of the American Man
Good god it’s an infinite machine
A deep sleeping mine
Of gold and old money
Holding on until someone gets lucky
Until he blasts his way through
The endless tunnels of riches
Using a slick word
Gems, rubies, diamonds
All of which can be sold at a price
To feed the guy on the corner
The one holding that cardboard sign
HUNGRY ARMY VET ANYTHING WILL HELP PLEASE
We’ve all seen him
And sometimes I drive past
Fifty feet below my car lies an abandoned system of sufficiency
These rocks that can be polished and shaped into fish and loaves
The money’s there
It just needs to be seized, siphoned, and distributed
Everyone reach into your pockets and give what you’ve got
American Man, give what you’ve got

Photo credit: “Panhandler sleeping Winnipeg” by Flickr user Dave Shaver

Surrender

Within the human heart there is:
Depravity
Expectations
Conditions
Deadlines
Changes
Improvements
Immorality
Sales pitches
Hidden meanings
Deceptions
Lies
Rage
Power grabs
Backstabbings
Double entendres
Depression
Murder
Cruelty
Innuendos
Impurity
Limitations
War
Taboos
Brokenness
Dread
Fear
Anxiety
Poverty
Loneliness
Shortcomings
Wanting
Confusion
Hunger
Hopelessness
Callousness
Anger
Pride
Greed
Lust
Envy
Gluttony
Wrath
Sloth
Theft
Addiction
Instability
Conflict
Misunderstandings
Sin
Corruption
Adultery
What-if’s
Idolatry
Indifference
Boredom
Violence
Weakness
Blame
Failures
Self-inflation
Doubt
Selfishness
Disappointment
Terrorism
Worship

We can’t escape the problem we are
The problem
Let us surrender – let us give up our lives
Give them to God
That he may provide comfort in the midst of that list