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grinding bones and making bread

Written by michael tawd : February 3, 2008

uh. . . well. . . this is my first post on Jesus Manifesto and, well, I tend to process theology and social ethics via poetry, at least at first. hope this is enjoyed.

PROGRESS

Laborers work to the rhythm
of the dirge
of the slow grind of a thousand paychecks.

Bone on bone
percussion.

Blood and grease in every single
joint and hinge of this great
industrialized
machine.

Blood lubricates
every
moving
part.

The machine will not
take no for an answer.
With mechanized
rhetorical
rebuttals.

“Poison the fruit with labor!”
Breathes the serpent.
“Poison labor
with
power!”

Dog dines on dog, and
each brother
will eat
the other.

The lie is consumption.
Yet we are created
for
pure
experience.

Author Bio:: Hailing from columbus ohio, Michael Tawd is a member of a small Anabaptist emergent community. one of the co-founders of Kingdomnow.org i’m currently a critic/stone thrower-at-large living in a beautiful glass house.

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4 Responses to “grinding bones and making bread”

  1. Jason Barr on February 4th, 2008 3:07 am

    Nice.

  2. joe troyer on February 4th, 2008 9:27 am

    good job painting the picture. those images will stick in my mind.

  3. Daniel Tidwell on February 5th, 2008 4:18 pm

    some good words. I wonder what you mean in the last stanza,
    “Yet we are created
    for
    pure
    experience.”

    I really want to push the seams a bit on this one and see what you mean by “experience.” I wonder about the relationship between our current understanding of “experience” which seems to cater to our fast paced, event driven, consumerized view of life, in contrast to the communion of God that is offered us in Christ and that we can share with the world.

  4. michael tawd on February 5th, 2008 6:40 pm

    for me, discussing the meaning of a poem with it’s author is a bit like discussing how a magic trick works with the magician. but i think that if we run a bit further with the eden references. . . .

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