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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
FARMStrong Poem of the Week

O.K. B.H. this one's for you. Thanks for reminding me of the poems.

I wrote this one this summer while at Yale University at the Conference on Revival and Awakening. I love how the imagery of Isaiah 55 brings together farming and faith and the work of the Word in the World.

I call it

Rain's Reversal (or Intercession)

Falling Words
like rain
soaking the dusty soil
down to hidden
seeds of waiting children
flowering Kingdom
of Love

any thoughts on what's going on in these words?

oh yeah-- the photo-- that's Molly, who is coming up on one year. we thought she was a golden doodle-- now we are sure she is a sheep. ;-)


posted by John David Walt | at 9/13/2006 03:54:00 PM



Blogger eli said...

i think it is the poetic short-story of jesus' redeeming work of incarnation and death (and resurrection though the poem stops short in deference to our own un-resurrected condition...makes it gracious for us - thanks for that, jd).

am i close or did i just say jesus because it's the right answer a lot?

8:58 AM EDT  
Blogger JohnDeere said...

wow eli-- you show us the mystery of poetry with this analysis. i was not actually thinking that in my mind--- and yet on looking at it again i think you are exactly right-- this is the multivalence of imagination. Jesus is clearly in my memory--- like RAM. Imagination is the fruit of memory. What we remember determines what we imagine. And so this poem, in attempting to grasp what Isaiah 55 is talking about in fact opens up a window into the Incarnation doesn't it. the Word coming down like rain-- to intercede-- deep into the soil-- to germinate a new creation through his resurrection.

rain's reversal--- rain going back up-- intercession--intervention.

thanks for reflecting on it with me.

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger gmw said...

thoughts later. for now I want to know when Amazon will be carrying your "top 40 by age 40" poetry collection that you compiled during sabbatical.

11:15 AM EDT  
Anonymous JP said...

great word pictures conjured up with the poetry...glad you're back in the poetry saddle....

11:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Omar said...

what did you do to that poor dog's hair?

3:04 PM EDT  

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