The Urn

Spacial awareness  
let us down again,
and shattered another urn,
spilling that morbid sand.
In the irritation of 
vacuuming respectfully  
we give a moment of meaning 
back to sooty remains. 

Referendums pass the time. 
They draw out experts who, 
with shouts and keystrokes, 
fling the spittle of their opinion. 
Elections pass the buck. 
With their signs and slogans 
they draw out the masses 
to choose between arsenic and anthrax. 

The French call their ballot box an urn. 

It is where we cast 
the ashes of our expired ideals, 
to be scattered amongst 
the winning or loosing percentage, 
as the fate of the nation 
teeters on the whims  
of fickle voters and loyal tabloid readers. 

All the projected outcomes 
are varied shades of ash, 
and a different decor 
of the receptacle  
of each demographic: 
deceased and incinerated. 

For the system is built on the cinders of our remains.  

Written in June 2016 out of desperation while thinking about: Voting in the EU referendum; about the upcoming US presidential elections; about recent violence; and the terrible plight of thousands of refugees across Europe and beyond. Things are a mess and getting more messy... The sentiment of this poem has gained relevance for myself, given the result of the referendum. I did still casting my vote into the urn, in the hope that suffering will not be perpetuated, knowing that the referendum itself was divisive, and very happy that my ultimate hope and purpose remain in Christ, who I seek to emulate, and who does not tow any party line. 

It is shameful that the so-called Evangelical Church's endorsement in the USA can be bought and sold with either money or a couple of key policies... When that happens, those parts of 'the church' cease to be the church who, by our very being, should be representing Christ. Christ, who does not tow any party line. Christ, who would not endorse Trump (or Hilary) as much as he would not endorse Herod, Pilate, Cesar or any other idol, respiring or inanimate. Christ, whose acts of compassion and firmness in the truth comfort those who need comforting, challenge those who need challenging, rebuke those who need rebuking. Christ, who will outlast all earthly politics and kingdoms!

Romans 9:12-21

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
       if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Timothy 2:1-5

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 

(Quotes from the NIV)


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