Thursday, August 29, 2013

Poem: Dove to Serpent

"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."  ~ Matthew 10:16

Dove --> Serpent
I never was the crafty type
who plots the ruin of my foes
It just isn’t my style to snipe
at people who I hardly know
Why should I try to bring them down?
The point is not, I think, to “win”
I have no interest in renown
and why, then, should I also sin?
But meekness comes at quite a cost
It paints a bullseye on your back
Around you, those whose souls are lost
will find you easy to attack
In time, I’ve learned to guard myself
and not expose myself too much
so that I won’t be harmed or felled
by gossips, tattlers, liars and such
It’s one thing to attack a person—
—quite another to defend
your image, lest attacks should worsen
as your critics seek your end
It isn’t wrong to use your wit
to thwart the schemes of sinful men
To forgive doesn’t mean forget
so keep a thorough record penned
Who knows in what capacity
your useful info shall arise?
Deny them their pugnacity
Let them look foolish in their eyes
Cowards are a lazy sort
and when they come against a wall
it does their prideful view distort
They cannot handle it at all
You’ll stop most in their tracks, but others
might return with hotter flames
so take this ad-vice from a Brother
and be prepared to play the game.
The juggling act of Christian heads
is knowing when to stand and fight
and when you should refrain, instead,
receiving darkness, ‘turning light
I’ll never be naïve again
—it’s something you don’t stay for long—
but when this story sees its end
I pray I didn’t do it wrong
That, in my efforts not to be
a victim of the schemes of man
I didn’t let the heart of me
return to end where it began.

~ Rak Chazak 

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