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Topic: STAND UP FOR JESUS (don't write about the song) (04/09/15)
- TITLE: Is It All a Hangover?
By Leigh MacKelvey
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So, why do I want to imagine myself in their place?
Say like, when I think of a dark hood over my head,
a shield against the desert sun who glares hard,
ready my sorry death.
This guy stands behind me with a sword. I can
almost hear the muffled sound of eastern prayers.
Will my knees quiver on the gritty sand
will I bow to the rage that lifts a sword
to my neck?
Will I say what they want to hear before their fury swipes
at my head and throws it into a truck? You kidding me?
Like, when I’m at the water cooler… and this jerk starts to
talk to me about “My Mama”… something crazy because
he don’t even know her, can I keep my hands around
my cup of water? Can I even do that when what I want
is to fling it like he flings his trash talk and punch him flat
as the tire he “nailed” in the parking lot yesterday?
Sometimes I wonder if my imaginings are me suffering from
a terrible faith hangover.
So let’s get back to the desert. The man is shouting for me to
Praise Allah and say I ain’t a Christian no longer. The video guy
is running his camera so CNN can cast it on the news.
Will I declare my faith instead of reading their script?
If I do, the video will be run on FOX and CNN will ignore
the whole thing. Aww…see here I go again, unkind and
unloving words, spewed like green peas right
out of my mouth in a fast second.
Like, am I ragging myself to think I could be that father
who lays face down in the sand and scratches out a cross
with his fingernails before the dark closes in on him?
When all the time he knows his son and daughter
will be next?
I picture those evil men pass a cigar around,
laugh, stroke their beards a bit, and then whisper
These infidels die, but still they stand.
So, is this all just some awful hangover
the world suffers every morning,
or is there more to this?
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