Be that as it may, I have been filling other pages, not in the realm of fiction. There’s been a deeper preoccupation, one arising from heart and mind and feet and hands and tongue.
When I realize again that I’m the pen and life is the page… it’s the art of relearning some ancient truths. Much has been said and written about pens and swords, and truth … and spirit and mouth and where our real life battlefields actually lie.
We are living these stories, travailing against death… and we fool ourselves if we think that the battle is in flesh...
by Steven Benjamin
Curl of the back, weight on my chest
Torment me no more
further than this there’s no return
Turn your gaze to what exceeds and what came before
Look deeper than my blood and my skin
standing not under decree nor law
Just the blood of another
Of a name that quakes your core
To strip you from this marrow and bone.
It was the light that tore
And then still you fought
Now to the edge of the abyss you claw
The darkness closes
Now the torment is no more
The absence lay in wait for you
It is not my strength that strikes your jaw
Nor my foot that presses your head
That crushes your teeth and silences your moaning roar.
Only the one you turned from.
The dying body quivers on the wooden shore
As the snake is pulled from the spine
The breath blows away the dust I wore
The hole in the dark does murmur to me
My crippled gaze flickers to the dawn calling the end to the war.
The bloody mess of it is naught as the way opens
A narrow corridor
Into a promise of
But to the creature from which the wail of endless torment bellows,
For you, there is no morn,
Only the endless dark for you
A desperate cry echoing from outside of time, as the son takes you to a place where there is no one
not one creature, only you,
a shadow in the dark, the long, the last, the lost
- ‘God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, the weak things to confound things which are mighty; base things, and that which are despised, has God chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are'
- 'We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ.'
- 'He will use everything that God disapproves of to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them.'