The Art of Diametrical Opposition


Picking Up the Pieces

Devious and charming, beguiling and alarming,

You stormed in and gently spoke.

Kindly and insidiously, caring and selfishly

You built me up as you tore me down.

How did beautiful become hideous

and intelligent, dumb?


You lied and called me your home

even as you were only passing through.

You settled down but never took up root

in the earth you claimed you were bonded to.

How did want become brute force

and partnership, possession?


You liked that I was independent

but were disgusted that I was stubborn and headstrong

and my self-governance was only beneficial

if you could bend it to your will.

You adored when I spoke

but only if I remained silent

to hide the darkness you worked in the light.


I was perfect-

you swore wouldn’t change a thing-

but only when you had erased

and over-written every last part of me


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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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