In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., I decided to offer this poem I first posted in 2011. He was a man of paradox...fighting hatred with love, standing against aggression and violence with passivity and peace, dreaming the inconceivable and being the voice of the unheard masses.
The Paradox of the Surrendered Heart
I’ve fastened these chains upon myself
forged from egoism, failure, depression,
bound forever to imperfection,
To break these crippling shackles
I must relinquish freedom’s claim
and embrace the Servant’s name.
Hope for the future teeters on the edge
quivering between today and tomorrow.
Hope for things I want and need,
for the me I want to be,
for a world of peace and harmony.
Yet to gain its promise and security
I must abandon every ounce of hope I hold
to receive God’s assurance within my soul.
Oh, to be wise in a world of confusion –
a worthy quest and commendable quality.
Knowledge of the ages available to me:
Science, History, Math, Philosophy
Resources all, in every decision
and yet, to gain the ultimate wisdom,
I must claim the title of fool –
a student in the Master’s school.
Wealth and security are valid concerns
that compel me to greed and yet
all that I have I must give to gain more.
If I am to be rich, I may have to be poor,
give all that I have,
all that I am,
and live in the promise of blessings ensured.
To claim no possession, I’ll hold a great store.
How beautifully agonizing
agonizingly beautiful is the surrendered heart.