From an ornate podium
the orator spoke words--
..extraordinarily elaborate ones..
But those who know..
we who have laid low,
down in to the trenches
as grunts, both outside
of the wire..
Those who have quietly
done their legwork..
who have accepted their
difficult fate as that borne of
and in to, a training.. an equipping,
. . . .
at the foot of the podium--
mesmerized by their own need
to be mesmerized, never even
noticed the children
who in their innocence, peered
out from under the crowd's legs
to better see the 'magnificent' podium..
The oldest of which, ran back to trenches
trying to describe what they saw.
Two of the quiet, unassuming-ones
made their way back to the podium,
and in blocking out the orator's voice,
(which to the knowing,
was as that of a clanging bell..)
now observed up close, the inner-workings
of the elaborate podium
and sat in wonder of its expenditures--
wrapped around such slipshod, weak
and hastily assembled framework..
And in having become interested in the
structure's groundedness to what one
would hope would be a solid-built
foundation, placed onto solid, earthen ground
They instead gasped as they saw its
legs floating upon nothing..
"What the **** is holding this thing up..?"
War-trained and battle-hardened,
they remembered their superiors speaking
in hushed tones that even ******, with all
of his blowhard oratorical *******, at least
had a semblance of the podium's fastenings..
Albeit, partially assembled by our own country's
stupidity within certain provisions brought forth
in the Treaty of Versailles,
This oratorical misleading of the broken-ones
this empty illusion of a presentation, borne
not from a suffering leading to true regeneration
but instead, a distractive short-cut into the Realms
as if borne in power, as if.. as if.
.. But the realms.. they know.
It is only those down here on earth, spirit
cloaked within the deceptive misgivings
of the flesh-- so aching to establish itself
apart from the necessary legwork, needed
to humbly become a part of stream's flow:
borne, solely from the inner wellspring-- deep
within the bowels of Love's True Ache..
It is here.. on earth.. that you will find
the reward you seek.. oh wondrous orator,
oh magnificent 'smither' of fine words..
your podium, a whitewashed soapbox
floating upon nothing..
--And therefore meaning nothing
within the substance-based parameters of the Realms.
"Now there were seven sons of Sceva,
a Jewish chief priest, doing this.
But the evil spirit responded and said to them,
“I recognize Jesus,
and I know of Paul,
but who (the ****) are you..?”
And the man in whom was the evil spirit,
pounced on them and subdued all of them
and overpowered them,
so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."
..we are defined by our actions, not our words.