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Forsythia, Forsythia. Kiss Me. Forsythia.
Yellow and soft and very very fragile
you could squish her with a press of your thumb and see the color
run…and a translucent loose petal limp and wasted pushed to the ground
You’re a thick red hot stick missile
You have a bouquet right underneath your arm and you don’t remember
it…but life’s worth living and you know, you know but it’s not enough.
You want her.
That simple one.
The one from Heaven.
Forsythia, Forsythia. Kiss me, Forsythia.
– “Forsythia” by SCGabb
March 14, 2018
Did you enjoy my poem? Yes, the one you just read about Forsythia. The thing about nature is that it encourages humanity to see that love is universal. Whether it is a Harvard graduate collecting saliva samples of the Garisakang or the elusive pheasant whose sighting would be an ornithologist’s fantasy or the history of Poland as it pertains to the identity of Europe—the natural world persists in its unexplainable constancy and freedom in the divine. The essential human aspiration for freedom too, manifests as our inexorable need to have a relationship with God.
Sun Myung Moon, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, is famous, in my own humble memory, for saying many times over that Harvard graduates are useless: “They try and try but never accomplish anything.” Such is the case with biological anthropologist Samuel Urlacher who went down to Papua New Guinea in 2013 to collect saliva samples from the clan of the Garisakang to test the stress levels of people in non-industrialized societies. Having collected only 1,600 samples of saliva throughout the last five years his researched has surfaced in Discover magazine with only one significance: his inner child finally has a good reason to climb trees again. (Alex, p. 18) Yes, you may find it hilarious that our dear scholar has found his humanity in his brush with death when hiking through the jungle with a native friend and their machetes. A cassowary larger than Sam scared the fear of God into him, which, of course is good enough for publication in any scientific journal! Not only did Urlacher, the friendly Harvard scientist, find the pleasure of his life and the existential whereabouts of his soul in Papua New Guinea, assumedly, but in his distress he may have also taken his own humble saliva sample to add to the meager research of his last five years from within the clan.
Curiously, the personal exploration of the eternal is carried on by George Black in Bach Ma, Vietnam where he enjoyed extensive bird-watching with his guide Le Quy Minh. He had focused his journey with the hope of seeing a little blue pheasant Lophura edwardsi, also known as the Edwards’s Pheasant, that has not been seen since year 2000. Black compares his sighting of this bird to the anticipation of searching the Titanic for the Hope Diamond: “Needless to say, we never saw an Edwards’s Pheasant. If we had, you would have heard the sound of ornithologists popping champagne corks halfway around the world.” Money, time, and a great deal of space in Audubon magazine was given up in hope of sighting Lophura edwardsi, an endangered species, that hadn’t actually been seen in this expedition. Despite his impotent journey, Black and friends still have hope that the precious bird will again be seen. Minh is quoted as saying, “‘I saw this only once,’ he said. ‘The Crested Argus is the star of Bach Ma. The Edwards’s Pheasant is its hidden star.'” (Black, p.48) Thus, we understand that scientists too search for the divine relentlessly albeit fruitlessly within their own fields of study.
Let’s stop for a minute and clutch our sides as we wait for the laughter to pass. Now, we must get serious with some deliberate attention to European History. The second letter of Charles Sarolea pushes common sense to the foreground. He chastises foolish endeavors and repetitive failures as he addresses the existence of Poland in the mire of World War I and beyond the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. “The student of history never ceases to wonder when he sees how the same phenomena will reappear again and again in almost exactly the same form, without the present generation learning the lessons of the past.” (Sarolea, Second Letter) The pure non-aggression of Polish political history and its objective worth to allies, foes, and Hitler in 1939 (Treaty) accordingly gave it the value of the barometer of freedom peace and happiness amongst European nations. Poland has the historical honor of standing as Europe’s conscience even in its belittlement and sorrow. Throughout all the pain and suffering one thing remains clear: there is good in the world and the people of Poland have worked for it unceasingly.
A constant thread in every discipline is that people seek or at least are enthralled by the sense of eternity in life and death. The eschatological glory of believers is to seek Adamic glory—that divinity which once was lost—ever so present within the natural world of creation. There is no good without God. St. Paul addresses the Glory of God in his epistle to the Romans. (Holy) “Their glory is not their own possession; it is theirs by the virtue of their relationship with God.” Grindheim continues his study of the value of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior: “Sometimes, the presupposition is that of a ruptured relationship. The Lord is no longer with his people. It is therefore necessary to seek him.” The desire and dichotomy between the fruitless pursuits of history and the glory of God is due to the division between God and man. The war between the original Christ centered mind the evil Satanic mind scatters the focus and divinity of humanity into a dry abyss of suffering and humiliation. It is, after all, St. Paul who acknowledges that two laws are at war within man: the law of God in his mind and the law of sin which dominates his physical existence. (Divine) He admits that he is helpless even in his own mind to the law of sin in his members.
“In the lives of religious people one can see an intense struggle to realize goodness by single-mindedly following the desires of the original mind. Yet since the beginning of time, not even one person has abided strictly by his original mind. As St. Paul noted, ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God.’ (Romans 3:10-11) Confronted with the human condition, he lamented, ‘For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am!’ (Romans 7:22-24)” (Divine Principle, p.1 para 4)
Let’s go back to “Forsythia.” It is a poem about an unconsumed love. You can feel the pulse of desire within the lines as you read it out loud. It is sexual. People have to completely deny their sinful lusts and succumb to the law of God in order to extinguish the history and arduous goal-less pursuits as manifestations of their desires to find love. However hard people deny God, they still search for His divinity and value it in any small way be it scientifically or otherwise. Despite hundreds of years of belittlement and suffering nations like Poland still stand for freedom and peace and a seemingly untouchable reality of goodness. Peoples and nations now need to realize the freedom of True Parents in the Second Coming of Christ Sun Myung Moon. God’s love should not remain unfulfilled and fruitless in your life.
March 26, 2018
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Alex, Bridget. “A Brush With a Feathered Foe.” Discover 1 April 2018: 18.
Black, George. “Pheasant Dreams.” Audubon 1 December 2017: 44-51+
Divine Principle, Exposition of the. Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity: 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, 1996 (Introduction, p.1, para 3)
Grindheim, Sigurd. “A theology of glory: Paul’s use of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] terminology in Romans.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 136, no. 2, 2017, p. 451+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A498845795/AONE?u=nysl_me_wls&sid=AONE&xid=9987fb23. Accessed 26 Mar. 2018.
Holy Bible, The: New King James Version. Thomas Nelson: Republic of Korea, 1982 (Psalms 1:3)
Sarolea, Charles. “Letters on Polish affairs.” Sarmatian Review, vol. 37, no. 1, 2017, p. 2054+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A477459935/AONE?u=nysl_me_wls&sid=AONE&xid=a9908fc7. Accessed 26 Mar. 2018.
“Treaty of Versailles.” History 26 March 2018 <https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/treaty-of-versailles>