The Midgets of War...

I found this Stafford poem at the library today:

The Midgets of War
The midgets of war have loud hollow guns
That make a tremendous roar,
But the giants of growth aim trees at the sun
And build homes for the midgets of war.
~ William Stafford, 1945


Gripped me. "Loud hollow guns."

What sorts of tremendous roars have I filled the air with? The blogosphere? Your ears?

We are a violent animal, even in attempts to do good, hubris and ego roar behind good deeds.

6 comments:

Al said...

Peter, midgets might see everyone else when they read the negative part of a poem like that. Only giants are willing to look for themselves in it.
However, the lesson is legit--deconstruction is much easier than reconstruction. This is true with the 'big guns' of armed conflict, or doctrine.
But there is a time for massive demolition before monumental development. We just need to remember to build after we have torn down.

Peter said...

Good call Al. Takes a lot of courage to begin rebuilding.

And I hope little people (literally) aren't offended. I think Stafford was a little pre-PC ;)

Al said...

Just thinking some more about reconstruction. It's comparatively easy to see where a structure may be unsound, where the rot is, where bad design has made things unsuitable or inappropriate for good use. But it takes real skill to redesign so that things are more sound, more useable, flawless.
I've watched some of those home fix-it TV shows where the 'experts' come in and 'out with the bad, in with the good'. The whole idea is to replace bad with good, not just with different. And that is the challenge.
Let's 'aim trees at the sun
And build homes'.

jsolo said...

Our Choices


If you had a choice, right now, to choose to be with Christ Jesus in heaven, would you choose to do so? Being human and having the power of choice, can we choose to ask God to grant us a wish? You see, there are three realms, earth, heaven, and hell. We live on the earth in the now, and we believe, as Christians, that at some point Christ will return to the earth and judge us in the final days. Many of us will go to hell and the rest will live in heaven with Christ Jesus, our heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit.

Christ said: "And all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive."
What if, we asked God to stop this game, that is being played out on earth, and grant us the one wish of living with him in heaven. What if, we choose to not allow Satan any more control over our lives and our future and made the decision to ask God to end this game, right now. What if we, as human beings, with the power of choice; made a conscious decision to choose Christ Jesus, right now, over the day to day challenges and temptations that Satan offers.

Say, in 2015, 9 billion, or 8 billion or 5 billion people, Jews, Catholics, Baptists, Protestants, Jahovah Witnessers, Lutherians, Episcapalians, Muslims, Buddists, Hindu's, and every other worshiper, got together on an Easter Sunday and prayed to God, asking him to bring on the end of days. We can asked Jesus Christ to come, bring us home to his kingdom in heaven, so that we can stop playing this earthly game. Would that become a challenge?? Is this a challenge to you??

Christ has said in the Bible: "And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened." Billions of people, acting as one, crying out to our heavenly Father, "Take us home." OH GOD, take us from the land of the Pharaohs!!! Take us from the hands of evil and bring us home to your kingdom!!! Can we ask strong enough?? Can we ask hard enough??

Christ has said: "And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you. Hitherto you have not asked anything in my name. Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full." Do we want to be filled with eternal joy??


Can you imagine how we can make this happen?? Can you understand the power that God has given us in order that we may choose our own destiny, right now. We don't have to wait until tomorrow, while Satan tricks and traps millions more souls into the fires of hell!!! The decision is ours. Can we choose?? Can we make this happen?? Can we start a holy movement around the world and set the date of our going home???

Christ said: " I say to you further, that if two of you shall agree on earth about anything at all for which they ask, it shall be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together for my sake, there am I in the midst of them."

Take the poll! Express your belief! Give a contribution! Donate to this cause! Make it happen! Pass this message on to your friends and family and see what they say. Do they believe??

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

jsolo
worldpeaceandfinancialsecurity.blogspot.com

Peter said...

Wow.

Just... wow.

Al said...

jsolo, I'm not sure how your comment relates to Peter's post, but I have one comment to make in response.
I believe it is God's intention that we endeavor to bring His love and justice to this world, to see 'His kingdom come, His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.' So, our day to day life here is not a game, but us making a difference.
Escaping by whatever means only leaves the people God loves incredibly continuing to suffer.
If we are to ask God for anything, let it be that His presence in us would be the salt and light He challenges us to be here and now.

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