The End

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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. – Revelation 21:4 (AV)

And God will wipe away all tears from our eyes,
Will surely wipe away all tears from our eyes.

Inclined no way but One, we lose all dread;
Unthreatened, we disarm all spears from our eyes.

Righteousness, peace, and joy are over all things spread!
There vanish memories of fears from our eyes.

Is this perfection not just as the prophets said?
The cloud of doubting disappears from our eyes.

All separation overcome, all self-will dead,
Time’s function filled, there fall all years from our eyes.

Those new names, true names written in the old ones’ stead
Dissolve in glory with the tears from our eyes.

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2 Responses to “The End”

  1. Thy Friend John Says:

    Notes:

    There are at least four biblical allusions in these lines in addition to the one in the first line. These are: Paul’s identification of the Kingdom of God with “Righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17), Line 5; “There vanish memories of fears from our eyes,” Line 6, alluding to “the former things are passed away,” Rev. 21:4; “Time’s function filled,” Line 10, alluding to Rev. 10:6, “that there should be time no longer;” and “Those new names, true names written,” Line 11, alluding to Rev. 2:17, “To him that overcometh will I give… a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” The last couplet of the ghazal is traditionally the place where the poet puts his or her own name, but with our unity with God restored eternally, what is the point of separate names? Even these must vanish when, as Jesus prayed on our behalf (John 17:21, 23), we are all “made perfect in one,” “as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.”

    Line 3: Having no will but God’s will (“no way but One,” cf. John 6:38, 14:10) is no guarantee of absolute freedom from dread (as Jesus Himself showed in the Agony in the Garden, Luke 22:44; nonetheless we are told that even there “there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him, Luke 22:43). And Paul, as obedient to God’s will as any saint, is not ashamed to admit “fear and trembling,” 1 Cor. 2:3 and even prescribes it for us as we work out our salvation, Phil. 2:12. This conceded, the main thrust of the Gospel message to the faithful is “Fear not” (2 Isaiah passim, Matt. 10:26-31, Luke 2:10, Heb. 13:6) and supports John’s teaching, “Perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18). Since we are called to be carriers of Christ’s perfect love to others, we must bear His fearlessness in our hearts in order to awaken it in others. The Gospel reassures believers that God will guide, strengthen and support us for any task God may ask of us; “he will be our guide even unto death,” Ps. 48:14, and “in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me,” Ps. 56:4. But of course experience is the best teacher of courage and encourager of self-disarmament; and God will give it to anyone seeking to develop a habit of putting God’s will before self-will. I who wrote this ghazal would of course far rather the reader learn this lesson than appreciate the poem.

  2. Clark Robertson Says:

    thanks to Aggie Mitchowski, I got to see you again, my friend John. and even more, I get to read your postings.
    love to you and your bride! (I see you sport a long beard now!)

    After discerning about light and our status in the Creation, I wrote this:

    The sky is always blue,
    in bright of sun, in dark of night,
    behind cloud cover, too

    The reason, simple and true:
    there is light and less of light,
    and never darkness absolute

    We all of this earth are blessed all of the time.
    Again, plain and true:
    we have life and love and awareness of our Creator, too
    Would that we feel this most of the time!

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