Poetry by Jonathan Seruyange

May 27, 2008

Bethel Grace hosted The Cave: a Coffee House experience, a few weeks ago. Jonathan Seruyange, a friend of Mark and Kim Spicer, was one of the performers. His poetry blessed me greatly, so I asked him if I could share it on our blog. He graciously agreed. I’ll post the second poem he shared with us later this week. Here is the first:     


Listen–these are not words;
Art is not wordcraft or brushstroke,
It is not canvas and acrylic mirrors
Or carved statuettes,
The scenic photograph in black and white,
Or full color,
The notes between bars,
The flickering image as pixels produce
Recognizable patterns on the big screen or small;
Art is not printed on card stock or glossy poster paper,
It does not reside in metal twisted and turned into a crouching cat.
The fountains may run full or empty, but to search there would be to
Look in the wrong place, indeed, to look wrongly.

Art is.               

Art is you, me, we, the God-flicker in all of us,
The times when his goodness imbues everything we see,
And all that we be,
Art is like climbing to the top of that tall tree to shout,
“It IS good!”
The cleansing of the soul in multimedia,
The dancing of the heart when you
“Lift him up!”
It’s the freeing of the free,
The prayer of our humanity,
The meditation on he
Who gave it all for us to be
Alive–really alive.
Listen! These are not words! Listen:

Then he took the clay in his hand and breathed on it,
And what came of it–it was good.
The contours did not follow his hand, but it was as he had planned.
Then he took his brush and painted in his own blood,
Freedom from darkness, the hues brilliant with wisdom,
The strokes gracing the canvas with life or the dead
And songs for the mourning…
The weeping of creation sounded as clay pounded
A heavy rhythm into that nail, into that hand, into that work
Of God-shaped art.
Art is us invested.
Art is costly.
And yet, art is for us all.


One Response to “Poetry by Jonathan Seruyange”

  1. […] To read the first poem Jonathan shared at our Coffeehouse, click here. […]

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