The Monotony of Destruction: A Poem

Louis Wain

The Monotony of Destruction

Year after year, year after year,
preach after preach, preach after preach,
word after word, word after word,
a little sight, a little light,
 
Year after year, year after year,
beer after beer, beer after beer,
sip after sip, sip after sip,
a little haze, a little daze,
 
Year after year, year after year,
preach after preach, preach after preach,
word after word, word after word,
a little here, a little there,
 
Year after year, year after year,
scorn after scorn, scorn after scorn,
smirk after smirk, smirk after smirk,
a little jeer, a little sneer,
 
Year after year, year after year,
preach after preach, preach after preach,
word after word, word after word,
a little taught, a little caught,
 
Year after year, year after year,
scheme after scheme, scheme after scheme,
lie after lie, lie after lie,
a little news, a little ruse,
 
Year after year, year after year,
preach after preach, preach after preach,
word after word, word after word,
a little flare, a little prayer,
 
Year after year, year after year,
view after view, view after view,
twist after twist, twist after twist,
a little chic, a little bleak,
 
Year after year, year after year,
preach after preach, preach after preach
word after word, word after word,
a little grasp, a little clasp,
 
Year after year, year after year,
doubt after doubt, doubt after doubt,
fear after fear, fear after fear,
a little prick, a little sick,
 
so they go gloating, groping, groaning,
to be deceived, detained, destroyed.
                           by Pam Eason ©2014 

The Foundation of the Poem

The foundation of this poem is Isaiah 28:1-13. In his book, The Prophecy of Isaiah, J. Alec Motyer tells us that Isaiah 28 provides a rationale for the way of faith. The section that includes verses 1-13  tells us that underneath the forces of nature – forces beyond our control, stands God. It tells us that to refuse simple trust in God’s security is to embrace worthless human alternatives. It warns us of the disquieted flurry and hurry of those who refuse God’s rest and repose. It shows the scornful character of those who mock God’s invitation to trust him and the pitfall of swallowing something that will ultimately swallow them (pp. 228-232).

A repeated section in Isaiah 28:10-13 describes Isaiah’s ministry to a people who refused to hear and heed the word of God.

“Then the word of the LORD came to them:
Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there,”

This bit of poetic prose ends this way:

“so they go stumbling backwards,
to be broken, trapped, and captured.” (Isaiah 28:13, HCSB)

Related Posts:

Incongruity – An Open Poem
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Sewing: an Icon, a Blog, and a Confession

References:

Motyer, J. Alec, The Prophecy of Isaiah, Dowers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1993, (pp. 228-232).

All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Image: Wain, Louis [Public domain], accessed February 24, 2014 from Wikimedia Commons at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ALouis_Wain_The_bachelor_party.jpg

 

One comment on “The Monotony of Destruction: A Poem

  1. Ariel, the next poem in this series can be found at http://doxologypublishing.com/2014/02/26/ariel/

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