Sunday, November 8, 2015

Jake Cosmos Aller writes

Broken Souls

You see them everywhere
On the street
On the bus
On the metro

But mostly wandering the streets

Lost souls
Broken down defeated souls
The souls of the living dead

Dead inside
Waiting for death
To deliver them from the agony
Of the living

They make do
They beg
They steel
They con their way

Living the life
Living death
Broken Souls

You have two minds
One part of you the fearful part of you
Conditioned to ignore

Conditioned to walk by
Ignoing the tragic wounded lives
The broken souls all around you

But part of you knows
That you can’t do  that
But you can’t save everyone

So you do what you can
You help those whom you can

All it takes is a little act of compassion
A little human kindness
A few bucks or a cup of coffee

And you walk by
Knowing just knowing

That by a simple act of acknowledging
Our shared humanity

You have made a small victory
And brought happiness

To yet another broken down soul

And the fear that you will be a broken soul
Recedes away

Not me never
Never will happen to me

But one forgets 
It is a simple matter

A wrong turn in life 
The wrong place wrong time wrong thing

And you could be the broken soul 
On the street

Begging to be heard 
Begging to be taken away

And so I walk on by no more
I will listen

I will talk to them
I will make a small difference

And in so doing 
Avoid becoming a broken down soul

 Homeless Jesus' provokes debate on what it means to be Christian ...

1 comment:

  1. "Homeless Jesus" was created by Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, who claimed, "My purpose is to give Christianity as much visual dignity as possible. Christian sculptures are like visual sermons twenty-four hours a day.... Saint Gregory the Great wrote that 'art is for the illiterate,' the use of images was an extremely effective way to educate the general population. Our contemporary culture is in the same state today, not because of illiteracy, but because people are too busy to read." The bronze is intended to exemplify the passage in Matthew
    in which Jesus tells his disciples, "as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me". Schmalz offered the first casts to St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, but both churches declined, officially because they were undergoing restorations, though a spokesperson for St. Michael's also admitted that appreciation "was not unanimous." The cast intended for St. Michael's was, however, placed at Regis College, the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto. in early 2013. Other casts have since been installed elsewhere, but the first of these was at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, North Carolina, where the rector, the Rev. David Buck, remarked. "We believe that that's the kind of life Jesus had. He was, in essence, a homeless person." Some neighbors feel that it's an insulting depiction of the son of God, and that it demeans the neighborhood. Almost immediately after its installation a woman called the police to report a hobo sleeping on a bench at the church, and a neighbor wrote a letter to the editor saying it creeps him out.


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