“For Babylon” / Memorable Fancies #1357

“ ... Babylon of the golden sandals ... ” — Sibylline Oracles, Book 5 [The following is a free-verse adaptation of the Biblical Apocalypse of John (the book, also known as “Revelations,” that D.H. Lawrence called “A Hymn of Hate,”) Chapters 14-18] What I saw: Angel a-wíng in heaven, proud Gospel in its claws, crying       Fear God; for his judgment is surely come. And there followed a second angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city. And the smoke of her … [Read more...]

“The God Ponders” / Memorable Fancies #1115

     The god is thinking about how ungrateful the people He created are, how obsessed with their own desires instead of His. Perhaps they need a lesson. How about SMITE? Yes, a few SMITEs might solve His problem with these people.      And if it doesn’t? If they remain stiff-necked and obstinate? Well, there is always DESTROY. <END> Buy it on Amazon: At All Adventure, a Maltheist gospel. … [Read more...]

“’The tribe, our only god…’” / A Memorable Fancy #353

[“…la tribu, notre seul dieu, nous tient tous embrassés.” – Henri Michaux]      The tribe is our only god. Whatever our tribe commands we do unquestioningly, even to the loss of our lives. The tribe, after all, is what ties us all together, while each of us is only one lone human being. How could one presume to seek his own counsel against the tribe’s embrace? We bow, we do.      But one asked, “Who speaks for the tribe? Is it not a tyrant? Does he not command in his own interest, not … [Read more...]

“Five Christian Nightmares – II” / A Memorable Fancy #346

Adam declines the fruit, leaving woman guilty alone. # Recurrent quarreling among the apostles over who would become pope leads to the first martyrdom. # An answer is discovered to “Why hast thou forsaken me?” # Seeing that His prohibition of the taking of interest had little effect, God now prohibits the paying of interest. # The Holy Spirit - only - too - real <END> … See www.terencekuch.net for a profile of the author, publications, reviews, etc. His book, At … [Read more...]

“The Reason” / A Memorable Fancy #339

     Before becoming priests on the ancient Greek island of Samothraki, candidates were required to answer three questions in the public agora. Those who answered all three were admitted; honors and riches followed. The first two questions concerned worship practices, and any well-coached candidate could answer them. The third question, however, was “What is the worst thing you have ever done, the deed that left your soul most naked, that could show you up for the coward and betrayer you are, … [Read more...]

“Purpose” / A Memorable Fancy #332

     “Life has no purpose,” said A, in despair.      “Life has no purpose,” said B, with deep rejoicing.      One of them could be right or both wrong, observed God, thinking of His own purpose, and how He might unriddle exactly what that purpose might be. <END> … See www.terencekuch.net for a profile of the author, publications, reviews, etc. His book, At All Adventure: An Alternative Gospel may be purchased via his Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch   … [Read more...]

“Quandary” / A Memorable Fancy #325

     Why do we still pray, when the effects of our prayers can be so unpredictable? Mostly good comes, I’ll admit, but some terrible evils, too. Some of us would like to stop praying, saying that the balance of terror, the uncertainty, the waiting, is too much for us to bear. But if we stop, who knows what would… <END> … See www.terencekuch.net for a profile of the author, publications, reviews, etc. His book, At All Adventure: An Alternative Gospel may be purchased via his Amazon … [Read more...]