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"...AND WITH FIRE."
The Lamb's PoetBaltimore Ground Zero ~ July 2019
I live in Southwest Baltimore, 2.2 miles from Pratt Street and Monroe Street which is Ground Zeroin the current left/right controversy. There you will find rats, mice, bed bugs and trash including used hypodermic needles. You'll find them in other areas of Baltimore too. I see rats in my backyard from time to time. When it gets cold in the winter time the mice find a way in my house. You'll find this in most major cities in America and not a few around the world.
It's unrealistic to expect National governments to solve these local problems. The first responsible for them are the residents. Obviously the residents here are not able to solve the problems that more than a few of their neighbors cause. Nor is it their responsibility! People, after all, are responsible for their own actions.
In the mid-1980s I drove a taxi here. I was driving in a neighborhood very close to Pratt and Monroe one afternoon. I smelled a bad smell. Not rats. Human waste. It was overpowering. I suspect it was a broken sewer line. In a well-to-do neighborhood there should have been public or private contractors fixing it. But this neighborhood was take your pick, infested with or inhabited by drug addicts and prostitutes. And, as you might imagine, also INHABITED by some very poor families. There were young children playing in the street. I wondered how long it had smelled that bad and how long it would smell that bad.
I came to Baltimore 43 years ago. Contrary to what you might have been told, my experience is that things have actually improved since that time. But not at Pratt and Monroe. And not everywhere in Baltimore. In 1976 I lived on Patterson Park Avenue directly across from the park. That is Southeast Baltimore. It was a stinking mess. Packs of dogs, 5 to 15 dogs at a time more or less ran through the park and the neighborhoods and defecated all over the sidewalks. The park was not well cared for. Trash was a problem. Now there is great improvement in that neighborhood. The city has eliminated the dog problem. The park is much nicer. You can walk the sidewalks comfortably. A good bit of the neighborhood on the south side of the park is relatively new construction. Some of these and other neighborhoods now gentrified were as bad as those near Pratt and Monroe are today.
Our Inner Harbor was a landscape of rotting creosote coated timbers and pilings, the ruins of wooden docks for a once very busy commercial port. Today it's a Marketplace built by the same people who rehabbed The Harbor at Boston Mass. It has a small Marina. It is home to the USS Constellation, a U.S. Navy warship commissioned in 1855. We have the USS Torsk, a U.S. submarine commissioned in 1944. We have a science museum and the National Aquarium! Commerce at the Inner Harbor was thriving for a good while. But the Obama administration caused economic decline from which it needs to recover. There are too many empty properties in what was once quite full of businesses.
The shoreline of the Inner Harbor eastward through Fells Point and on to the foot of Clinton Street has been developed into middle and upper middle class housing complete with marinas. It too was in great disrepair 1976. These improvements would never have come through socialism. It was pure and simple our capitalist economic freedom that improved the shoreline here. Socialism would never have done it. Socialism may destroy it! Welfare socialism is, I believe, almost entirely responsible for the mess at Pratt and Monroe.
Baltimore is 70% or more African American. But in here in Southwest Baltimore there are some number of poor whites, destitute whites and white drug addicts. It's not a racial problem, it's a human problem. Alcoholism used to be a very public problem in the poor neighborhoods. It's not so obvious now. Perhaps people prefer the cheap heroin and marijuana. West Baltimore is not the only place here where white and black suffer... DARE I SAY TOGETHER?
Finally I note that Baltimore has been called the evangelists graveyard. There are hundreds if not thousands of denominations and non-denominational congregations. All the main line and all the ancient denominations are here. Baltimore is headquarters for the Roman Catholics who have been here for 229 years. Perhaps we do not have heaven on Earth in Baltimore because Christendom is fractured here.
News flash: FYI: ATTEN:
The Messiah Jesus is only building one Church.
In the Lord's Prayer, more accurately called the disciples prayer, that is the prayer giving by the Lord to the disciples, we read: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Certainly we should go about finding out what is being done in heaven.
Pacifism or Obedience?
Wed., March 11, 2015
Christians don't go to war with swords and guns. Jesus came
to fulfill the law and the prophets and he did it how? By defending the lost
sheep of the House of Israel? No.
John18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:
if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should
not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Did he send an Israeli Army out to convert the gentiles to
Christianity? No. Jesus did not even defend His own sinless flesh! He did not
call on Father 12 legions of angels.
Mathew 26:51 And behold, one of them that were with Jesus
stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high
priest, and struck off his ear. 52 Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy
sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the
sword. 53 Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even
now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then should the
scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be?
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be fearful.
The world "gets peace" not gives peace, and it
keeps it by bearing the sword and gun and by using them. And yet God Himself
governs the outcomes.
2 Corinthians 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of
the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds
Luke 24:49 And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father
upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on
A reason I believe this, more and more each day is because
when the "church" if it was the church, wed the state and began to
exercise national and international military and economic power, the
"church's" abuses were so notorious and to rival Rome before Jesus
came to Israel in the flesh. PRAY AND DO GOOD. LEAVE WAR TO GOD IN HEAVEN
Acts 10:37...you yourselves know what happened throughout
all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went
about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was
with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the
Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but
God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the
people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank
with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the
people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the
living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who
believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
LEAVE WAR TO GOD IN HEAVEN.
Romans 13:1 ...For
there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been
instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God
has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a
terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in
authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is
God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not
bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries
out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not
only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
BECAUSE HE LIVES!
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Other People's (very good) Poems
I step down
from the throne my heart has claimed,
I smash down the idols I have raised,
I declare Your death, I immerse my soul
In all Your faith and the promise of Your Resurrection, Your Glory and Your Life.
You are meek and lowly in heart, I put You on,
O clothe me, Your servant, in Your righteousness,
Teach me Your Way, let me ever live for You.
The Lamb's Poet
Attention! Announcing! :: Book XII : <---<<< :
Latest Poems now compliled!
CLICK: Book XII
Here is the index of Book XII ::
1. A New Song
3. What if…
5. Even so...
8. Your Presence (is enough)
9. Every Day Horror
10. He’s Still There
11. Needy One
Peek-a-boo by Gerry Sutter
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, diddily do –
Where’s the mud, its stain so true?
I ambled down the water way,
Swollen by the spring melee,
Nearly was I washed on through.
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, telling you –
I thought I had it working too:
Early to bed and early to rise,
Put in steps to glamorize,
Followed up, I knew.
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, seeing it through,
‘Til the Lord pointed out the fool.
Pestering proud of my jury rig,
Outside the box, I danced my jig,
Swept off my feet on through.
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, whaddaya do?
Sweeping laurel flower’s dew.
I thought I was in charge of life –
Laid low like grass before the scythe,
Then I saw, it’s you.
Friday, November 06, 2009