24 February 2015

Peter & John Transform the Transfiguration

 Peter & John Transform the Transfiguration
“So, you have a mind-picture 
...............of the Transfiguration.
Jesus the Christ, on the mount
.......and He seems to you all holy and glowy,
isn’t that what you see
   ......... when you close your eyes?
Let’s tell you what we saw –
imagine when a spacecraft is
nestled on its platform,

  ready to
       take off from earth’s surface.
A 300-foot tall water tower has
            of 300,00 gallons inside
and releases all that in a flash,
right before ignition & liftoff,
all that water charges
in a mad rush on to the platform
and the rocket launch heats up
that great & sudden flood
   ................ of surging water
so fast that it makes what looks like
   ............. a gigantic billowing
    .............cloud of smoke
    .............rising up from the ground.
But it is only water
vaporizing in that
      .............................  millisecond.

Want to know the reason for all this water and smoke?
because the sound waves at take-off
are
.......so loud, so intense
that they have to be
  .......................  muffled.

That’s what the Transfiguration
......was:
the great muffling of the Son of the Father’s
.....glory—
only custom-made for us.
And,
all we really saw 

....................was the vapor.”
-Charity Johnson

Transfiguration by Raphael

20 February 2015

Street Smarts


Street Smarts
 A street vendor
pedals his rickety clattering cart across
all three lanes
      and the busway
his cart’s chockablock
with snacks, cheap gizmos,
    sodas, and a
    pump thermos of coffee
He’s headed for the traffic cops
rooted to that wearying spot
    at the national roundabout.
When you pass by,
remember this  guy:
    he makes
    the world go round.
Once stuffed and restocked,
the cops conduct the tangle
    of traffic
and we all will all get
where we want
to,
and be content.
Simple street vendors
give legs
to public policy
and always outdo
Harvard’s faculty.
-A Charity Higgins Johnson

10 February 2015

New Years Wishes

Fortunately for me
there’s a New Year’s calendar
slipped under my door
at the Lucky Jade Hotel Asia.
Fortunately for me
    in red
    it says:
“PROSPERITY” and “ABUNDENCE”
and fortunately for me
   some days are noted
   as “lucky.”
Fortunately, I say,
as last year’s days
    rushed at me,
wild beasts
    trampling my
best foot forward.
As the days erupted,
my perfect plans got scattered
all round
    staining the landscape
of the year.
The days would bleed
into nights
         and on to other days
till I was pressed flat,
        a gnat flush against the
wall of the solar system,
and the Universe had me sold that
it would be just as happy to
      snuff me out.
Now we’re creeping on to another new dawn—
and a new year.

But no--
  below there’s a mob
         in the streets:
their taillights,
a silent statement,
the sentiment, the voice
of the people--
voting against bad luck
       by simply going
             home.
No one ever mourned a bank account.
In prosperity or meagerness
in work or in rest,
do I cherish too little what I really need?
    My lean soul
            feeds on 
the beauty of love.
I flip the calendar
into its
unlucky bin.
-A Charity Johnson