To read this poem in an easier script, click here.
The post that I wrote with this poem was just a wonderful, creative outlet for me – the ability to put words and do it in an artistic way was so much fun. But, while I love the script that I used, I realize that it was very difficult to read. For that reason, I am re-transcribing the poem here in plain text. To see the poem in original form, click here.
Wage War and Beat Drums
Wage war and beat crescendoing drums,
But are you sure when battle comes
That enemy is friend or foe?
Push back the veil from long ago!
A memory in cobwebs kept,
recalls battle where heavens wept,
And the dragon in bitter gall
lost his soul, in the shameful fall.
On the earth, battle rages fresh –
But, war not against blood and flesh!
For every brother is your friend,
unless to enemy he bend.
Power of darkness, spirit being’s –
influence is everywhere seen.
Like spilt ink, the dark creeps.
Through word, image, song it seeps.
Infected by the evil pox,
it permeates, ‘till every thought –
is by master easily led.
Poor hungry souls feed on sick bread.
They lick plate clean and call for more,
insatiable thirst in their core.
Dark master laughs with chain in hand,
and in nightmares, he sears his brand.
Zombie legions follow him fast,
ignore the warning signs they pass.
They fiercely beat and wage the war,
and don’t know who they’re fighting for.
But, just as dark invades the soul,
Light can also be in control.
Like nanotech, imbue with strength –
Deposit gold in body’s bank.
Spiritual infusion takes place,
as every atom fills with Grace.
Transforming flesh into forged light,
and mortal thought is given might.
For this Master’s a different kind,
your total control, you will not find.
He wants you to draw strength and pow’r
From richest Bread in every hour.
Mental weapons of shield and sword,
to fight against the angry horde.
No terror here, no anguished dreams –
But nourishment from Life’s lush streams.
Come, leave the shadows, live in light –
though – it won’t be an easy fight.
To be a soldier, not a drone,
you must act, with courage unknown.
But they that be with us be more,
Unseen legions wait at the door.
Dark’s death and decay have a cure –
turn on the Light, if you’re unsure.
August 25, 2013
So, here’s the challenge. I referenced at least three scriptures in the poem. Can you find them and give references?
Also, just a note – I referenced Nanotechnology. Do you know what it is without looking at the next sentence?
It’s the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular level, a science that has been increasing in scope lately, and an area that I find completely fascinating!
One of my favorite scriptures has always been:
And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things (Doc. & Cov. 88:67, see also vs 63-68).
One of the reasons that I named this blog “light refreshments” was a play off of that phrase, but with the idea that when I wrote down spiritual ideas, thoughts, teachings, etc., it would be like refreshing one’s spirit with light. There is something real about the idea that our very soul is refreshed when we learn about our Savior by studying the gospel. I also love these scriptures that pertain to that idea :
Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do (2 Nephi 32:3).
Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness (2 Nephi 9:50-51).
I LOVE that phrase “let your soul delight in fatness”. What an amazing concept – that our souls can feast, for free, and be filled up everyday on the spiritual food that enriches mind and spirit (and that will do great good for our body as well).
There is a reason that the Savior called Himself the bread of life and the water of life, and it doesn’t just mean taking the sacrament on Sunday. It means that He has what our souls crave, the things that will make us feel good – the gifts of the spirit: love, peace, joy, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, etc. We get that when we drink in light and truth by study and by listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
In that same vein, I just saw a new video about light that I wanted to share (it’s a three-part based on a talk by Elder David A. Bednar):