Daily Apocalypse


 

I empathize with those poor souls who hoped the Rapture would arrive on May 21st.

After hearing a radio interview with a believer on the morning of the 21st, I better understand their desire..

The man said he felt so relieved that the Rapture would soon be here.  No more worrying about his job, no more worrying about his 401K, his retirement.

I’m not a relaxed person—exhausted at times, but rarely, if ever, relaxed.  So I can understand how this man would enjoy putting his feet up, kicking back, and relaxing without a worry in his mind…

However, I wouldn’t want an eternality of such relaxation—not even if I was in bliss.

Don’t get me wrong: I do want to experience bliss.  I work toward that goal every day.

However, if I was in a blissful heaven, after awhile I’d probably be looking for some more trouble.  Conflict.  Some situation to test myself.  A growth opportunity.

What would be the purpose of living in eternal bliss?  I say our new mythology would do better to leave the concept of heaven behind.

For one thing, I don’t think the promise of heaven motivates us too much these days.  Our heaven would seem to be too easily attained.

Whereas to find bliss on Earth seems hard as hell.

As for a belief in the Rapture…

…that might actually hurt us…

If nothing else, we might decide to forget our 401Ks.

In any case, I’d gladly stay behind to face the Four Horsemen, the dragons with eyes on their horns, Armageddon.

After all, I grew up listening to those stories.

But I no longer believe in them.  So I not waiting around.

Instead, I now try to realize the Apocalypse in every living day.

That’s not so hard to do.  I just try to remain aware of what I’m actually feeling.

My dreams have clearly told me how a storm whirls within.  So I’ve worked to become more and more aware of this storm…

…and in seeing, feeling this storm within myself…

I’ve become more aware of how this storm churns inside others as well.

I hear it in our sighs, in our outbursts, I see it in our fearful gestures, in our fascination with what is grotesque and war-like…

…in the way we grieve over stories of cataclysm.

I witness it every day in a thousand different ways.  We all do.

Though it’s often painful to be aware of this storm…

…it’s a sure cure for tedium…

…and brings me to desire rapture even more…

…to desire those moments of bliss, when I’m able to ascend, able to rise above my pettiness, able to get a better perspective on this stormy life, this stormy world…

…perhaps even to see perfection in what usually appears to be chaos.

This desire keeps me working.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
Daily Apocalypse poem

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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