Nearing quest’s end,
he walks through one
last door––now come
to his heart’s bent.
Fearing to send
for help, but done
his strength and then
Indictments fall impotent:
sprawling, spinning hands accuse the hours
whose power is ever bent
To sap the strength of longing,
to dim the faint sparks of expectation
by delay prolonging.
The refrigerator door stands open,
but nothing jumps out to you
as what you really want.
Blade that belies the desirer’s deeps,
Longings that lay within the heart
Cut a corridor through moral marshes
But trap the trekker in mere and bog.
The scarlet spot resists cleansing,
The bloody blotch grips ever tighter.
Garish mind-ghosts cause stumbling
When memory’s receipts are tallied.
The tree-limbed liege, half-parented heir,
Destined to Dunsinane: its conqueror.
Beware the witches’ double-doubtful talk
And trust the truth no matter the cost.
Desire gestating, growing, giving birth:
Delivery of all that waiting and hoping.
But sometimes, getting what you wanted
Is like sneezing with your eyes open.
What a useless, torturous, dangerous skill!
Who would long be impressed
By something, that honestly, is pretty gross
And not, rather, tell you, “Give it a rest!”?
It serves no purpose, accomplishes no good,
And runs the risk of bodily harm.
Why on earth would you not do something—anything—else?
Why would you not yourself be alarmed?
Is there not something better, something more useful,
Something more beautiful you could do?
Is there no goal, however small or mundane,
That could make you and others better or new?
This week’s song is the title track from an EP by Sovereign Grace Music‘s Ryan, Jonathan, and Meghan Baird.
Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but fools hate to turn from evil. Proverbs 13:19 HCSB
What the wicked dreads will come to him, but what the righteous desires will be given to him. Proverbs 10:24 HCSB
The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath. Proverbs 11:23 HCSB
Take delight in Yahweh, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 HCSB
One of the primary tenets of Buddhism is the renunciation of all desire. Desire is the root of evil in the world, and therefore, eliminating desire eliminates evil. Nirvana, then, is the completion of this process of renunciation. Ravi Zacharias, in his excellent book The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, has the Buddha describe this “enlightenment” this way: Continue reading “The Illusion of Nirvana”