Spinning Wheels

Ezekiel 1:16

Circles
within circles,
wheels
within wheels,
spinning
endlessly,

turning
’round about,
ellipses,
loops,
haloes and hoops.

No starting point
or finish line,
neither a beginning
nor an end;
unceasing and eternal.

Did the prophet
catch a glimpse
of God
or was it the sunset
glinting on brass?

Winged seraphim
blazing in the sky;
such celestial heralds
bear messages
from above –

but who would credit
a holy communication
that originated
in sunlit chariot wheels?
Rubbish.

No one believes
that everyday events
are special:
they happen
every day;

they’re routine,
dull,
tedious,
simple
and matter-of-fact,

spinning
in endless circles
utterly unexciting,
running along
in a rut.

Unless…
Perhaps it wasn’t
what Ezekiel looked at,
but what it was
he saw.

Was he granted
the gift of clear vision:
the ability to perceive
the truth
beyond illusions;

did he see
the Divine within
our daily work,
the marvelous
within the mundane,

and recognize
the fearful power
we hold within our hands,
our ability “to be as gods,”
to bless or to destroy?

He prophesied a destiny
of grief and sorrow,
where cities collapse
and lives fall
into waste and ruin

not a pretty picture
but an honest warning:
then as now
as we sow
so shall we reap.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© October 7, 2011


On the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan

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