As at Breath at Death


At breath she gave Him homage
Forehead to the ground
Grateful for Benevolence
Delighted to bless His crown
And to catch that heavenly Voice
The reverb of His sound
Was all she sought
Consumed her thoughts
As she knelt on hallowed ground

In the simplicity of her authenticity
She freely happily cavorted
Till temptation came and to her shame
The sacred she aborted
Striped her bare and left her there
Took what the Giver had afforded
Innocence died and though she cried
Beauty fell to the sordid

She tills the soil and struggles the fight
Wanders to regain the wonder
Ambles her way in fading day
Hallowed torn asunder
She listens to hear yet in mounting fear
The reverb is terror and thunder

Bleeding heart she scatters seed
While her wilted soul is weeping
Motions the devotion yet inside she knows
It’s a hollow vigilance she’s keeping
For the terminal sin is beneath her skin
And the wounds are steadily seeping

Sweet memories wane til present distant
Slowly, lovely is exchanged for the lie
Hurt it grows til only anger she knows
Homage a sniff and a sigh
Cuts some strings but no relief it brings
When resistance the self-will to die

Yearning the Shepherd she shuns the rod
Though terrified to leave it to chance
Treats the wound with a band-aide or two
Over the pain of a searing lance
Though the Temple is burning and despite the yearning
She struggles the waltzing dance


Our Land is bleeding, fatal wounds seeping and a doctor nobody knows
Her Life is depleting while She shuns the seeding, feeding Immorality grows
Yet The Physician would cure if She’d come more demure, surrender all of her woes
She can’t hide in secret nor blame-shift the reaping to the One who already knows

As the story goes She rends Her clothes but oh how superficial
Rings freedom’s bell, reverbs the knell, while She runs from The Judicial
Now the Bread is stale, The Water sour, Her sweet refrain artificial
No lamb to kill, no law to slay, the just for the sacrificial

Shackled by fear, controlled by pride, imprisoned in the land of the free
Ruined by blessing, mocking confession, literally too blind to see
That’s She’s traded Her Raiment for a weak tattered flag, what a sad anomaly
Her glory is faded, the ramparts are dated, Her Anthem a homily

At breath She gave Him homage- at death so shall it be


For it is written, “As I live, so I promise,” says the Lord, “every knee will bow down to Me. Every tongue will confess to God.” -Jesus: Romans 14:11

Where are the great empires of the past? Where is the Assyrian Empire? The Babylonian Empire? The Roman Empire? You can find what is left of them in museums, in ruins and in a few ancient stone buildings frequented only by modern tourists. Great nations rise and fall! Is it possible that the United States could be returned to ashes, like so many great nations that have gone before?
Why do nations decline and fall? History has proved, time and again, that a nation’s moral condition and its character are key to its endurance. God’s moral law applies to nations as well as individuals. The Apostle Paul wrote: ‘Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’(Galatians 6:7). Individuals and nations that sow immorality, violence and oppression will not long endure.”

“King Nebuchadnezzar ruled the mighty Babylonian Empire, but his arrogance and rejection of God’s authority brought a great judgment upon him. . . . After the seven years, God restored the kingdom to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king had learned his lesson. Scripture quotes the king’s repentant reflection. “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down” (Daniel 4:37).

Richard Ames, Rise and Fall of Nations See more at:


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