Freedom Funnel

Postmodern Mud

Bogus is the boogeyman,
Hidden fully under hoods.
Preposterous the candy-gram,
Absconding with the truth and goods.

Ribbons, columns form a line,
To funnel and to filter thoughts.
Narrowing paths over time,
Minds within the net are caught.

Concealed the facts under a cape,
Confining stories and their scope.
Castigating any gripe.
Totalitarian the trope.

Temporary are the walls,
Guiding walkers to to the stile.
Trepidation over all,
Worrying all the while.

At their bidding you are blinded.
Tapers now they’re snuffing out,
Remaining minds are not reminded,
Resign themselves to fear and doubt.

Receding are the peoples rights,
Confined, conscripted and corralled.
Beleaguered with no will to fight,
Into silence collapse the cowed.

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Your passing

Your life, its rehearsing,
Your death its trespassing.
Your wake its reversing.
Your passing’s a gassing.

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His cripples

Bethesda’s porches and ripples,
Impossible that reservoir,
Turning to Him, we his cripples,
Our healing as near as it’s far.

inspired by Christ’s healing of a crippled man in John 5:1-9:

“After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”

and to a lesser extent the following quote:

“When Jesus heals the paralytic in the Gospel of John, the Bethesda Pool is described as having five porticoes—a puzzling feature suggesting an unusual five-sided pool, which most scholars dismissed as an unhistorical literary creation. Yet when this site was excavated, it revealed a rectangular pool with two basins separated by a wall—thus a five-sided pool—and each side had a portico.”