Life Unfolded

Life Unfolded
Beauty I hold
A child
Behold!

I too
A child
Once held
In arms was told
To gather hope, to love to wonder, to unfold
Into bright sun-flamed delight.

One day
I met you,
You who hold
Eternity in the twinkling
And the sun and all delight in your hand.

You
A child
Held in arms
Gathering hope,
Unfolding a time
For majesty, found in poverty
For power, found in meekness
For forgiveness, found in the friendship of a peace prince

There
Held
I found a friend in a reigning King,
Wonder, love
In a hero to behold.
Hope gathered
Life unfolded.

By Jonathan McCallum

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Star Ablaze

A stable birth,
Red, messy, wet, naked,
Star ablaze.
In Palestine, the West Bank.
Through warmth and pain, the earth may rejoice
Your birth,
Peace arrived in the fragile newborn.

A dangerous unarmed rabbi-to-be,
Ready to overturn empires, overrule kings, cast off any allegiance to the world-of-just-now.
Bearing a kingdom of hope, of living the moment, of eternal love.
Not arriving from above, but from within, a teenage Miriam, a womb for a while.

Heart-yearn for abundance and free,
Some abide on shore of the love-filled ocean.
We find shelter and learn to swim in the waves of your kindness
That will never stop, never cease caring for us.

By Jonathan McCallum

Man of Peace

Hills of Tyre, Southern Lebanon
Further along the coast, over the hills, there is a closed border.
A border you walk through, man of peace.

You healed her daughter in these hills,
Persistent trust exchanged for a miracle.

Now, nearby the ancient port where cedar trees were floated to Solomon,
In the souk, I thought I caught a glimpse of you.
Beside you an Arabic speaking man, on the other side a Hebrew speaking man.

You, the one who speaks all languages and, above all, love.
Reuniting Arab and Israeli, even when they mockingly say it can’t be done.
You walk a different path, helping weapons gather rust, clog up with dust,
The streams flow, vineyards grow.
Life with you, life anew.

By Jonathan McCallum
Photos & thoughts about my time in Tyre, Lebanon here: http://www.jonathanmccallum.com/2014/11/21/harbouring-peace/

Depth of Nature

The sea like silken water with its triangular-peaked hills rising in front of me, neither relaxed or in a hurry, flows at a speed I wanted to experience.  I paddled frantically, and suddenly, in a breath, the sensation changed from a pulling through the water to a force pushing onto the azul cliff crest. Then there was the perfect rush down, the fall, a thunder of water behind, a liquid slicing turn along  green-blue scenery, a coal-less steam-powered train ride, the only energy nature’s.

In that breath, that ride, I remember that I too am part of this flowing life, and I shout out, thankful, singing, a prayer from within.  Air rushes past, nothing else can matter, my body and mind are consumed by a few seconds.  A delicious sensation, even the salty taste and scent as I inhale, smiling.

Seaside, I walk up the beach in adoration of nature.  My soul feels like my body felt, like a rock being momentarily launched, skimmed over something deep and alive.  And at the end of the ride, at the end of the moment, I sink into that which I love so much.

By Jonathan McCallum

 

Shore

Shade spreads out across a speckled shore

A trillion fragments of seashells farewell the orange light

Blue sea bright, deepening to green with dusk

Sea birds nestled near, fish at play

Dusk falls to night

Sea shimmering in the sparkling silver starlights

Wind lifts salty air to my lips, I gaze, I stare

Then

Sun spreads out across a speckled shore….

 

By Jonathan McCallum