Thursday, May 10, 2018

Joy V. Sheridan writes

The Hoard of Heaven

Pasting the empty boards 

As though I could elicit a hoard 
Of the most beautiful things 
Such as the ring of truth, 
The diamond of hope 
Into the twilight goes the pearl 
In luminescence of smoke 
I long to place those things 
Before the Heavenly Host 
The one and only king 
One in three which love the most

Come now and take my hand, 

For a search in an ancient land 
Like Pharaoh to Emir 
Sultan to Majesty most high 
Now from dawn to dusk I seek with tired eyes
Who will lay down before me 

A sight to see, of far yellow sands.

Then a rapid switch to the batsman’s tea 

Look over yonder! 
Chirps the Polynesian bird 
All plumage writ in darkening feathers 
To script some unfathomable word

Now! Now, the arrow is released 

But it falls short of its mark 
In some ways, evidence of peace – 
Now have I recourse to those earlier gems, 
Jewels that border and line an ocelot hem 
So that in movement a fluid figure arises 
And then – oh then, immortal surprises!

The Queen steps down from the throne 

And I never fear, make no moan 
As I suggest and scatter in thought and word 
All silken now those jewels spell out.

How wondrous the legend is – If not solely for a king! 

Let us breathe in sparkling circumference 
That is surely shaped for eternity’s ring 
Long to live and long to love! 
Come find a diamond from up above, 
One fit for an entire range,
And what was familiar now becomes strange.

Move you now to litter line swaying 

Into the desert and a sound, mellow mind 
Now that the goal is reached 
Those delicate bones spell out the treasure relief.
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Trinity -- Niku Guleria

1 comment:

  1. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from the Latin "trinus" -- threefold) maintains that God is three consubstantial persons -- the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit -— as "one God in three Divine Persons." The three Persons are distinct from one another in their relations of origin are yet one "substance, essence, or nature" (homoousios). (In this context, a "nature" is what one is, whereas a "person" is who one is.) Though each is co-equal and co-eternal, each is God, whole and entire. Accordingly, the whole work of creation and grace in Christianity is seen as a single operation common to all 3 in which each shows forth what is proper to him in the Trinity, so that all things are "from the Father," "through the Son," and "in the Holy Spirit.". The concept dates to the 2nd-century: The gnostic Basilides coined the concept of "homoousios" ("one in being," homos, "same" plus ousía, "being") in his discussion of a threefold sonship consubstantial with the god who is not, and Ptolemaeus Gnosticus claimed that it is the nature of the good God to beget and bring forth only beings similar to, and consubstantial with, himself. At the same time Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus was the 1st Latin Christian to develop the idea. He coined the terms "consubstantialis" to translate "homoousios" and "substantia" to render "ousia" -- both Greek words were related to the Greek verb "be" and thus connoted one's own personal character, while "substantia" connoted both being and matter. Tertullianus was also the writer who introduced the word "trinitas" but he discussed it as a triad (group of three) with God as the founding member, rather than as a triune God. Much later, in 1213, the 4th Council of the Lateran theologically established their relations of origin ("it is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds").


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