Required of me

Warm in an insular house

chaired in a spring-padded seat

switch in my lazy hand

glass brimming chocolate heat

 

I watch the network news.

 

‘Candidate digging for dirt

Opponent stabbing some backs

Bank lends its ill-gotten gain

Millionaires minimise tax’

 

Injustice rears its head.

 

Act justly

 

Safe in my middle-class home

replete from my adequate meals

my feet in slippers of fur

a cushion under my heels

 

I sip my comfort drink.

 

‘Foreign aid budget sized down

Redundancy causes great pain

Drought drives a million from homes

Health reform founders again’

 

Inequity strikes again.

 

Love mercy

 

Here in my castle of bricks

safe from the outside harm

cocooned from the turbulent world

secure in suburban calm

 

I nibble roasted nuts.

 

‘Philanthropist honoured by queen

Millionaire gives fifty grand

Senator filmed in a slum

giving some food out by hand’

 

I flick the switch to off.

 

Walk humbly with your God

 

Soft in my comfort zone

sheltered and sated, I pray

‘Lord in this difficult world

show me your chosen way.’

 

His word to me is clear:

‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.’

 

(Micah 6:8, NIV)

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Powerful poetry! I loved this reminder to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Be blessed today and bless someone else!

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