The Blue-Silver Being

I am a flat, graphite sketch
on a interdimensional being’s
drafting table.

I look to my right and left
and the being is shouting
at me about depth.

Depth? I ask. Like, what
in the hell is that? Then I
skip away feeling heavy.

I know the being is there,
but I can’t see it/him/her.
The being is blue-silver.

I pray to the being every
night, even though it/him/her
recently erased some of my friends.

I’m not super scared of getting
erased – mostly because, what
does that feel like, ya know?

My world is screens and planes.
The being’s world is cubes and shadows.
Maybe I wanna see stuff like that.

“Everyone gets erased at some point,”
the other 2Ds tell me. I wonder sometimes
about the thickness of this page.

If I am a drawing, is there a drawer?
Woah! Creation ideas abound in two
directions!

I am a bunch of curvy
and straight lines. The being is
fractal-crystal-galaxy-turbulence.

Maybe I will never understand
the ways of the being. Maybe
I’m too thin to take all that in.

50 Questions to ask God this Holiday Season

1. Hows come we can’t see you?
2. How many bulbs have broken when idiots put up Christmas lights?
3. Why don’t people use their fucking turn signal?
4. Why, when I forget to use my turn signal, do people get so mad?
5. If I count to 100, how many religions can you name?
6. If your love for us was a color, what would it be?
7. Rainbows, how do you feel about those?
8. What do you want from me?
9. So, are you sure true love only comes once? I’m asking for a friend.
10. I’ve got two books on systematic theology, do I need those?
11. I think anteaters are funny, do you?
12. Do you sleep-in a lot?
13. How big is your bed?
14. When you get mad, does your face get super red like ours?
15. Who’s your least favorite and you can’t say Hitler?
16. Why do I have an appendix but not wings?
17. What’s your spirit animal?
18. Is it an anteater?
19. If you were going to write me a letter, how many pages would you need?
20. If I live for like 70 years, how long is forever?
21. Yankees or Red Sox?
22. Bourbon or vodka?
23. I cheated on my eighth grade engineering test, is that bad?
24. Would you ever secede from the union?
25. What’s your favorite boys name, and you can’t say Emmanuel?
26. Do you ever think your muscles should be bigger?
27. I’m not great at growing a mustache, can you fix that before I wake up tomorrow?
28. Can you build something you can’t move? (My college professor keeps asking)
29. I didn’t make anyone’s christmas card list again this year, does that count as sadness?
30. I turned all my book reports in on time in third grade, were you proud of me?
31. What do you want for Christmas this year, and you can’t say cash again?
32. Two trains are traveling toward each other. One leaves from Pittsburgh and travels consistently at 85 mph and alternates tracks every 10 minutes. The other is actually a plane. Math…am I right?
33. Do you believe in miracles?
34. How many government people are watching me right now?
35. Where do you live currently?
36. Is it better than the last place?
37. Whaddya think, you and me remake Cars 2, but this time we get it right?
38. I’m up shit creek, do you have a paddle?
39. Do you like Blues Brothers as much as I do?
40. If I’m a crooked stick, are you a straight line or are you more like a circle?
41. If you quit your job and did stand up for a year, what would your special be called?
42. Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel?
43. Are you left handed?
44. The earth is bipolar … so … do you take your medication?
45. Did you ever get married?
46. My wife’s on the other side of the world isn’t she?
47. When I prayed real hard that the Pittsburgh Penguins would beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the ’97 playoffs, were you asleep in your big bed or something?
48.Can you explain the meaning of life using only bendy straws?
49. There’s a burning ball of fire in outer space that affects the seasons and pretty much everything I’ve ever thought about. Are you random or naw?
50. Dad?

Person

Standing in front of you,
perhaps on a faded TV screen,
or on a pamphlet,
or a magazine cover
or in the flesh,

there is a gay man,
or a bisexual woman
or maybe someone who
doesn’t quite know which one
or why you need to know so bad,

They have bags under their eyes
Their shoulders are falling down
From carrying the weight,
The weight that you put there

This is a person you are looking at
Not a punchline
This is an image bearer
A child just like you
The universe in ecstatic motion

A piece of God’s personality
Emphasis on the “person”
Someone whom God loves dearly
Someone whom God died for
And wants to know deeply

Do they make you uncomfortable?
Good.
Why is that?
Who are you that rains down judgement?

You are not the judge
You are no chieftain
You are no almighty
You are no Lord

You are no great surveyor of the cosmos
You are no speaker of everlasting life
You did not form something from nothing
You have no real power here

Let’s thank God for that
Let’s thank God
He who has a plan
for the lowly and oppressed
He who knows our mess

When we cry from the rubble
He hears us and the rocks
groan along for His return

This is a person you are looking at
Not a punchline
A piece of God’s personality
Emphasis on the “person”