An Easter Reflection

man looking at his reflection in a piece of broken mirror

Hunt me, terrible abyss
Eat my flesh and drink my blood
Thwart me, great Prometheus
Tear me limb from limb

Chase me, Aphrodite
Accost me, Thor of Ragnarok
Deal with me not lightly
O deities, grim

I have seen what becomes of men who hide from their lot in life
To many of these I have been a servant
The pleasantries of life so easily dull the hideous ache

Ruin me, Mars
Destroy me, Odin
Pry the teeth from my jaw
Rip tendons from my bones

Devour me, oh Kraken!
Drag me to the depths!
Eviscerate, maul, bludgeon, lacerate, trample, crucify!

Crucify.

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

Hunt me, terrible abyss
Eat my flesh and drink my blood

I have known the damning desire of self-satisfaction
I have worn the mask of self-deception
I have looked in the mirror and seen a good man
(or at least one with good intentions)

Thwart me, great Prometheus
Tear me limb from limb

Lest the dull, hideous ache consume me
I will chase it to the ends of the earth
I will follow it until the soles of my feet wear away and I tread on bare bone
It is poison, and all who eat of it shall surely die

So chase me, Aphrodite
Accost me, Thor of Ragnarok

Rip from me all meaning
Let my lips join the chorus
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabbacthani!”

Ruin me, Mars
Destroy me, Odin

Envelope me, hideous void
Leave me not one morsel of meaning
Man who lives for greater good lives only for himself

Let my love be only for the other
Not for dream!  Not for fantasy!  Not for lust!

Crucify me, Christ

Show me
As the wise man said
All is vapor

Sweet, beautiful, terrible abyss
Grant me but this; so that I may eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor I do under the sun during the few days of life I have received, for that is my reward

Crucify me, Christ

Rid me of meaning, that I may be filled with joy

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Isaac Golle

Isaac Golle is a husband, father, brother, son, and friend. Everything else is extra. He currently resides in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children, where he is focusing on worrying less, trusting more, and laughing lots.

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