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This is not politically correct ... sorry

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Skyfyre
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0 posted 08-20-99 11:54 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

If this offends anyone, I apologize in advance ... it is a commentary on commercialism, not Christianity

The Price of Salvation

Saint Joseph, Saint Jude, and Saint Peter all stand
Neatly arranged in a row,
Each one arrayed in his saintly attire,
His hands and expression just so.
And each, in his way, is a symbol of faith
In how glorious Heaven will be --
So, we lighten our pockets, and carry them home,
And place them out under a tree.

There hangs our Lord Jesus, the Saviour, the Lamb,
In plaster, or porcelain, or gold --
On the Cross, where He suffered and died for our sins --
But His eyes, raised to Heaven, are cold:
Hang Him up on your wall; and remember Him
As you sip of your sacrament wine:
With your gold-plated ultimate sacrifice
That you bought for a buck ninety-nine.

When I think on a Father, who gave His Son
As a promise of infinite grace
To souls who so quickly belittle his love
And would turn from his ready embrace --
If the Lord had to do it all over again,
I wonder, would He have agreed?
If he knew that his mercy, above all, would be
Most profitable, indeed!



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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(When I hear the bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")

© Copyright 1999 Linda Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 08-21-99 12:55 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Bravo! An excellent piece of work. Religion has moved a long way from when Jesus chased the moneychangers away, proclaiming religion and business had no place together. Just send those dollars in, folks, receive your plastic Virgin Mary and you'll be saved.
Severn
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2 posted 08-21-99 07:22 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

As it says in the bible: 'Thou shalt not have any idols before me....' (I agree with your words completely)
Sunshine
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3 posted 08-21-99 07:35 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

They say you can't take it with you,
and I know that this is so;
my plan is to give one heck of a party
and the mourners will come to the show!


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Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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4 posted 08-21-99 08:47 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Nochtdraco,
I agree with balladeer. You did a wonderful job with a sting in the end.
LngJhnAg
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5 posted 08-21-99 08:53 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Draco

Yep... isn't it glorious how humanity has managed to take a simple message of forgiveness and repentance and turned it into a message of judgement and condemnation - and all for 10% of weekly earnings? You'll not hear 'Heretic' from me, my friend. When Jesus comes back, he is gonna be really p.o.-ed about the perversion of his prior ministry.
poetFemmeFatale
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6 posted 08-21-99 11:48 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

I think that those who have to surround themselves with these objects, are simply doing it to REMIND themselves on a day to day basis, what their focus is suppose to be??? Maybe?? So that they won't be so "bad" today?....who the heck knows, I'm just rambling on and giving the poor souls the benefit of the doubt.....But you're right, if they would take their money spent on foolish decor, and give it to someone hungry on the streets, I think Jesus would smile down on them in person !!! Not from a picture on the wall!! Very much needed sermon here Nochtdraco!!! Nicely written on top of that !!! Geat rhyme....

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

Blondie
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7 posted 08-21-99 11:49 AM       View Profile for Blondie   Email Blondie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Blondie

lovely poem, and well written. I enjoyed the way you put religion in it.
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8 posted 08-21-99 01:35 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great work!
Sue
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9 posted 08-21-99 04:18 PM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

I am totally non-religious, but I agree with every word you say. If you believe in a story like that, how can you use it for commercial ends? Wonderful poem.
hoot_owl_rn
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EXCELLENT!!!!! what more can I say? Wonderfully written piece and one that rings oh so true!!
Emmy
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POWER. These words held POWER!
Enotneicna
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12 posted 08-22-99 09:29 PM       View Profile for Enotneicna   Email Enotneicna   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Enotneicna's Home Page   View IP for Enotneicna

I"ve read this twice and I do like this piece very much. Well done!

Sharon Lee Rotondi
(Enotneicna)
caroline
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13 posted 08-22-99 09:37 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Absolutely wonderful piece of poetry. I agree with you. Every year I get sick over the commercialization of Christmas too. When I walked into a department store on the first day of August and saw Christmas decorations on the shelves, I wanted to scream. It's all about money and greed, no matter what time of year it is.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
JP
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Let me tip my hat to the dragon master - Biting commentary and excellently written. Bravo!

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Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP


Skyfyre
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15 posted 08-23-99 04:01 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Thank you all. High praise from talented poets. I could ask for nothing more.

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(When I hear the bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")

 
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