a history of found poetry

Dear Theodosia

she hadn’t come back. 

she had said she was coming.
where was she?
the ship should have come in by now
it was taking too long
had something happened?
where was his little girl?
his head whipped up at a sound at the door
was that a knock?

she was here!
he ran, filled to the brim with excitement
it had been years since he had seen her
but…. she wasn’t there…

a man, grim, unsmiling, held out a letter
a flat piece of paper with no emotions
he took it, confusion spreading across his face

the words soon blurred on the page
nothing made sense
he looked up to ask the man
but he was gone

he was alone

reading through the words once again
he tried to make sense of it
lost at sea
the last part of her
was gone
he crumpled to the floor, unaware of the paper crumpling in his grasp
a sob escaped his throat

nothing truly mattered anymore

she was gone

you fly
unconcered by history
there are no limits - you made them - you pushed them
you broke the walls and shattered expectations,
the world is shaped by your touch

…and yet,

you’re bound with chains around you neck
tied to lives you managed to wreck
spectres haunt, though fail to see
through every jump and dashing leap
you’re weighted down by history
—  at least icarus found his peace // t.s.

Take my heart
take my bones
take this skin— that
I’ve never felt attached to.

Oh, dear stranger,
how I long to be connected
to something beyond this world.
I stay up every night and ponder
my existence and this limited time
I was given; it can’t true that I have
just woken up 24 years ago because
I feel the dirt of history in my bones.

There must be something
that these transcends this human flesh
and meaningless thoughts.

—  I found the dirt of history under my fingernails - j.b.

anonymous asked:

doesn't every Christian just follow their own interpretation of the bible? if so then how do we know which Christian is right?

The Bible is a work of literature. Literature comes in different genres, or categories based on style, and each is read and appreciated differently from another. For example, to confuse a work of science fiction with a medical textbook would cause many problems—they must be understood differently. And both science fiction and a medical text must be understood differently from poetry. Therefore, accurateexegesisand interpretation takes into consideration the purpose and style of a given book or passage of Scripture. In addition, some verses are meant figuratively, and proper discernment of these is enhanced by an understanding of genre. An inability to identify genre can lead to serious misunderstanding of Scripture.

The main genres found in the Bible are these: law, history, wisdom, poetry, narrative, epistles, prophecy and apocalyptic literature. The summary below shows the differences between each genre and how each should be interpreted:

Law:This includes the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The purpose of law is to express God’s sovereign will concerning government, priestly duties, social responsibilities, etc. Knowledge of Hebrew manners and customs of the time, as well as a knowledge of the covenants, will complement a reading of this material.

History:Stories and epics from the Bible are included in this genre. Almost every book in the Bible contains some history, but Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Acts are predominately history. Knowledge of secular history is crucial, as it dovetails perfectly with biblical history and makes interpretation much more robust.

Wisdom:This is the genre of aphorisms that teach the meaning of life and how to live. Some of the language used in wisdom literature is metaphorical and poetic, and this should be taken into account during analysis. Included are the books of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes.

Poetry:These include books of rhythmic prose,parallelism, and metaphor, such as Song of Solomon, Lamentations and Psalms. We know that many of the psalms were written byDavid, himself a musician, or David’s worship leader, Asaph. Because poetry does not translate easily, we lose some of the musical “flow” in English. Nevertheless, we find a similar use of idiom, comparison and refrain in this genre as we find in modern music.

Narrative:This genre includes the Gospels, which are biographical narratives about Jesus, and the books of Ruth, Esther, and Jonah. A reader may find bits of other genres within the Gospels, such as parable (Luke 8:1-15) and discourse (Matthew 24). The book of Ruth is a perfect example of a well-crafted short story, amazing in its succinctness and structure.

Epistles:Anepistleis a letter, usually in a formal style. There are 21 letters in the New Testament from the apostles to various churches or individuals. These letters have a style very similar to modern letters, with an opening, a greeting, a body, and a closing. The content of the Epistles involves clarification of prior teaching, rebuke, explanation, correction of false teaching and a deeper dive into the teachings of Jesus. The reader would do well to understand the cultural, historical and social situation of the original recipients in order to get the most out of an analysis of these books.

Prophecy and Apocalyptic Literature:The Prophetic writings are the Old Testament books of Isaiah through Malachi, and the New Testament book of Revelation. They include predictions of future events, warnings of coming judgment, and an overview of God’s plan for Israel. Apocalyptic literature is a specific form of prophecy, largely involving symbols and imagery and predicting disaster and destruction. We find this type of language in Daniel (the beasts of chapter 7), Ezekiel (the scroll of chapter 3), Zechariah (the golden lampstand of chapter 4), and Revelation (the four horsemen of chapter 6). The Prophetic and Apocalyptic books are the ones most often subjected to faultyeisegesisand personal interpretation based on emotion or preconceived bias. However,Amos 3:7tells us, “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Therefore, we know that the truth has been told, and it can be known via careful exegesis, a familiarity with the rest of the Bible, and prayerful consideration. Some things will not be made clear to us except in the fullness of time, so it is best not to assume to know everything when it comes to prophetic literature.

An understanding of the genres of Scripture is vital to the Bible student. If the wrong genre is assumed for a passage, it can easily be misunderstood or misconstrued, leading to an incomplete and fallacious understanding of what God desires to communicate. God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), and He wants us to “correctly [handle] the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Also, God wants us to know His plan for the world and for us as individuals. How fulfilling it is to come to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep” (Ephesians 3:18) is the love of God for us!