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Carl Gustav Jung

Religion is a defense against the experience of God.

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Back Against The Wall

[bairnson]
Stand up, and with your hand on the bible
Tell the truth to one and all
cause you know that feeling
When youve got your back against the wall.
My god, its only tuesday tomorrow
And loved ones gone and blown it all
Now youve got no money and you feel your back against the wall.
Well, if you talk to your brothers and they dont give a damn
And you look like youre gonna fall
You can call my number when you feel your back against the wall.
Some trippers got you right in a corner
And you feel youre gonna lose it all
Now you dont want trouble but you feel your backs against the wall.
So the guy moves forward but you hold him away
Shit theres no one there to hear you call
So you take your chances and you push him back against the wall.
Now the guys in the gutter and you dont give a damn
And he looks kind of weak and small
cause you called his number when you felt your back against the wall.
Stand up, and with your hand on the bible
Tell the truth to one and all
cause you know that feeling
When youve got your back against the wall.
Well, if you talk to your brothers and they dont give a damn
And you look like youre gonna fall
You can call my number when you feel your back against the wall.

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There's no defense against the wrath of God.

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Crying against the wind

I

I saw boys growing up as
Christians,
learning about God,
being taught at school,
to respect
about discipline,
to stretch the mind
and the boys were young and innocent
and for us there were peace.
We slept with unlocked doors,
the police did their job
to the best of their ability,
but the world changed.

II

I saw the effects
of the terrorist bomb
in church street
that smote the innocent
people in the street
and young and old
men, women
scarred, mutilated, maimed,
and cut into bits and pieces
by shrapnel and the deadly
rain of flying glass.

I saw an academic hospital
filled in every hall,
and the few doctors
and paramedics and sisters and nurses
and accountants, clerks,
and office people
issuing disaster cards
and admitting the living.

III

I saw young boys forced to become
a part of a deadly war machine,
and they were barbered, drilled, cursed
and trained to be the best soldiers,
learning discipline,
the strength found in oneself,
about friendship
and suffering the consequences
of killing humans beings.

I saw young men
playing Russian roulette
and at times
wishing to be dead
and I saw boys
becoming better persons
than they were
and starting to be
true believers
of the almighty One
and others turning
into the worst
kind of human beings
and losing all religion,
Integrity and decency
and the madness of hate
taking its toll

I saw boys going
through dense bush,
living in the field,
tracking and destroying deadly terrorists
as just another day’s work,
driving armed vehicles
and battle tanks,
fighting against great odds
and winning every battle
and the war.

I saw war,
the destruction,
the desolation that it brings,
the suffering of the innocent,
the savage carnage
and dead enemies
in great numbers
and people with shot off
legs and arms.

I saw friends die,
shot to pieces,
toasted by prosperous projectiles,
smashed by mortars
and killed
in most of the ways that war brings
and politicians lying and deposing
each other
and the world changed.

IV

I saw religious fanatics
killing innocent people,
crashing planes into buildings,
getting the war
that they begged for,
dying the death
which they sought
and innocent bystanders
paying the toll
for their deeds
and the world changed.

V

I saw the borders being thrown open
to all of Africa,
criminals streaming in,
selling drugs, running prostitution,
lost two cars
to robbers that the insurance
did not pay
and my best friend
left the country
after a hijacking.

I saw children
smoking marijuana, doing crack cocaine,
injecting themselves with heroine
living like vagrants,
whoring around,
robbing from their parents,
braking into houses,
escaping from rehabilitation,
going to jail,
losing the reasons to live,
desperately trying to get the next fix
and dying from drugs and Aids.


VI

I saw reverse racism
that changed laws,
discrimination,
white people with degrees
and experience without work,
while untrained black people
brought every government department
but the taxman
almost to a standstill
and foreign black aliens from all over Africa
having greater rights
and electricity being cut
and the country was in darkness
and the people lived in poverty
and tatters
while they thought about what they had lost
and nobody was counting the cost
and the oppressed were crying in vain
against the wind
and waiting for the rain
that brings life back again.

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Having The Experience

Knowledge of realms beyond this reality is non-
verifiable, used in creating mental universes, not
useful for constructing inter-subjective consensus,
diversity is great for its own sake, the eccentric and
unique are assets only when they are original, never
made into a norm to be enforced

Unique experiences are individual possessions, we
are free to refuse anything disseminated in a quest
for sameness - I sometimes succumb to the desire
for acceptance by joining a group, it ends in disaster,
innate distrust of forcing one will on others prevents
me from playing charades for happiness’ sake

Unique experience seems too precious to be made
subservient to another, the personal mental world
is to be treasured, not elevated and disseminated
as gospel rules, proselytizing militates against all
I passionately defend and so I remain alone,
neither leader nor follower, enjoying the

Illusions of collective reality; accepting only sensory
information for universal communication, keeping
feelings and thoughts for unlimited possibility,
excitingly mysterious, valid only for the
individual having the experience

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Against The Mainstream

what is see
is this salmon
swimming
against the
mainstream


it is looking
for a home.

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Remember And Enjoy The Experience

Take and taste the slice of cake when served.
Eat in nibbles and bits.
Slowly munch.
Do not let a crumb of it sit.
Savor the flavor.
Feel the love from which it was made.
And if it is good to you,
Remember and enjoy the experience.

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Quatrain #459 - The knowledge and or experience of God.......

The knowledge and or experience of God is very real
that to have a glimpse of It one must have much zeal.
The person who strives for the Truth with sincerity and devotion
will obtain the grace to know the Reality above any false notion.

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I Wrote A Poem Against The Darkness Of My Own Loneliness

I wrote a poem against the darkness of my own loneliness-
Words will mean light and happiness again-

I did not believe myself
I do not-

The darkness of loneliness will increase all the way to the end-

The darkness will be complete
And the loneliness will end.

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The Experience of Standing Tall

My downfall?
I am extremely independent.
And most of the time stubborn,
In my lament.
And getting over it takes time spent.

The advantage of this I get?
The experience of standing tall,
From a crawl and walking briskly!
Gaining and maintaining,
A strength felt in my legs.

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The Experience Of Sharing It All

I choose to find a way to combine
Disassociated elements
Hoping within them
There is something that relates
To appreciate a diversity
Of a life to live
That does not seperate,
The experience of sharing it all
With an acknowledgement
That all that which does exist as is
Participates in the giving

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The Experience

The Experience

Twenty years ago
What I thought of as correct
I now see as wrong
I could have been right back then
If my views are now habitual
Due to lack of perceptions

But twenty years ago
I lacked lives true experience
Habituated by norm
Following the mainstream
I may see thing clearer now

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Whatever The Experience Teaches

You be proud.
Don't let those doubts sit,
Inside of you with ease.
Nor should you allow excuses,
To rule your life as a cosmetic disguise.

Refuse to fear unknown adventures.
You be proud...
Whatever the experience teaches.

Reach to learn and earn your happiness.
That is the only way,
You will come to recognize it!
You be proud...
Whatever the experience teaches!

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Against the dark blue of irises the sky has but a pale hue (Persian quatrain)

(After C. Louis Leipoldt)

Against the dark blue of irises the sky has but a pale hue
in times of war blood flows to the earth as it is due
and the pain and suffering that sacrifice brings
is quite dim against that left by words that are untrue.

[Reference: "Teen die blou van jakarandas is die blou van die lug maar bleek" (Against the blue of jacarandas the blue of the sky is bleak) by C. Louis Leipoldt.]

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Against The Unending Oblivion Of Endless Death

Against the unending oblivion of endless death
I wrote a few small stories
About relatives and friends who I have loved -
I wrote so that somewhere there would be some small record of them
And not simply nothing and no trace at all-

Yet my words or not,
Who will remember them as they truly were?
Who will remember the feeling of their presence?

When I go I will take them to my oblivion with me-
And we will with billions of others
(Unless God rescues us)
Lay down in silence
Forever.

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Hearts Against The Wind

Hearts that love where no love grows
Are gifts with no return
They know the coldest wind that blows
Where once a fire burned
Chorus
So blow...
Hearts against the wind
They just blow...
Hearts that ever break
They just wont mend
Without breaking again
Sow ye not the seeds of doubt
That fade and fall in time
For in the end your love will out
And every star outshine
Chorus
So blow...
Hearts against the wind
They just blow...
Hearts that ever break
They just wont mend
Without breaking again
Chorus

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Against the Weave

The Crack of Dawn
Rent the sky’s heavy grey winter greatcoat
From seam to boring seam,
Tore it the hard way:
Against the weave,
For all the world as if
God were revisiting His moment
Of Temple-curtain-tearing violence.

Now, as then,
Few people pondered
The sight or its significance
As day drilled down,
Linear and bright,
Upon the quick and the dead alike.

The Heavens opened
And for once it wasn’t rain
But light, streaming like stair-rods,
Breaking all the Torah
Of simile and metaphor.

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Three Crosses Framed Against The Sky

At Golgotha I looked up,
and saw three crosses,
framed against the sky!

In memory from birth creation,
God omnipotent immortalized,
this day his sinless son would die!

Behold, believers look up,
view symbolic appearance,
complete vision parhelion,
three witness bearing 'suns'!

God omniscient has written,
omnipresent Holy Trinity,
Christ’s complete victory
in perpetuity in canvas sky!


Copyright © Terence George Craddock
See also the poems ‘Eyes That Look Up’ and ‘God Painted Memory Crucifixion’.

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With eyes closed against the bright light

With eyes closed against the bright light
of the new morning, shadows creep into my thoughts
shadows and longings to lost love
and the way that things were supposed to be
and I wonder why life has stripped you from me
and there are no answers that I see
in the blinding light of reality
and sometimes it feels like, looks like
as if even every ant, every insect has a destiny designed
and it feels as if the world
gives choices, that mornings comes with clarity
but for me
who keeps struggling on
as if stuck in the labyrinth of destiny.

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The Poem Is Written Against The Silence Of Where Nothing Happens

If the poem is written against the silence of where nothing happens
And aims to find a way to make life sing of meaning-
But instead finds itself turning only on its own author's pain
Then what is the use of it all?

Let Poetry too go lie in its own grave
And rest in silence
With all the billions of human voices
And endless words which have sought Beauty and Greatness and Fame and Honor and Love
And now must lie silent forever as if they never were-

Poetry too can like all its authors die
And if the human light goes out
Rest in darkness forever as if it never were.

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Smacked And Slapped Against The Wall

Smacked and slapped against the wall,
Is not magnifique.
Although some may just enjoy...
This touch of quick awakening.

Smacked with a slap against the wall,
May help some snap senses back.
But not for all...
Who may be appalled,
By such treatment.

Smacked and slapped against the wall...
ooo
Some may need it!

Smacked with a slap against the wall...
ooo
Without the need,
For smelling salts.
Is cost effective!

Smacked with a slap against the wall...
ooo
Is cost effective!
Smacked and slapped against the wall...
ooo
Without the need,
For smelling salts.
Awakens!
And...
Relieves.

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