Saturday, January 12, 2013

CDXL - High Tea for a Tortured Soul


Sunday Scribblings had the prompt 'Paradise'.


High Tea for a Tortured Soul

In paradise we’re told we’ll see
A pure, bright world, in symmetry;
Ruled by God and heavenly choir
With haloes, harps and white attire.
How bloody awful would that be?
Like some wretched afternoon tea
Endured for an eternity:
Existence would be dull and dire,
In paradise.

Where is the grass and shady tree?
Or the glass of chilled Chablis?
Or discussions held ‘round a fire?
Or the joys of carnal desire?
Seems there’s nothing to attract me
In paradise.

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© J Cosmo Newbery 2013
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32 comments:

  1. Indeed. Some ideas of "reward" make me yawn.

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  2. See also the talking heads song "heaven".
    So true, the typical view of heaven sounds very dull whereas in reality, everyone's paradise would be very different. And no doubt even that would get boring after a while, we humans being so fickle!

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  3. You're fooling no-one. No paradise for you.
    Prepare yourself for the brimstone!

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  4. Clearly they need a advertising guru to produce a new image and slogan, how about "It's a hell of lot better than down there!"

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    1. But where have all the interesting people gone? I need to know that...

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  5. Earth is better I would say :-)

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    1. A very down to earth comment. Thank you.

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  6. I have come to believe that paradise is something totally different from what I have previously been taught. What it is, I don't know, but if there is anything afterwards, I think it will be far better and beyond anything our earthly minds can imagine.
    However, I think what matters most is the here and now, how we live our lives here, that we treat all living beings well and with respect, and cherish the time we have with our loved ones. :-)
    Love your poem! Enjoy your weekend :-)

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  7. This poem had amazing rhythm and flow. I believe paradise is beyond anything we can ever imagine but there are things on earth that are close to paradise.

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  8. We are dealing with 'the undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveller returns' - so who can say what any form of Paradise will be like? A hungry child who is given an EXTRA slice of bread immediately finds paradise on earth.

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  9. It does seem rather dull ;-)

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  10. Maybe there is something more colorful waiting once you get there?

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  11. Oh yes how torturous some teas can be..much more fun should the Mad Hatter be in charge..

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  12. Paradise on earth is what we need! Best of both worlds.

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  13. Nice write. Make your own paradise.

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  14. I loved this! I often wonder at the imaginative limits some have when they try to conjure ideas of a heaven. Sad really...

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  15. Thought provoking poem. The glass of chablis does seem more appealing than afternoon tea. Search within for paradise, that piece of the divine that you are and joy will follow :)

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  16. This made me smile. High tea - how dull! Make mine a Chablis, as well - at the very least!

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  17. Paradise for me would be to acquire your knack for meter and rhyme :)

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  18. One word, one word only - terrific!

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  19. lol you've open a can of worms with this one J :) good one

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  20. Too funny!! You made me laugh out loud--and I have to say, I agree--the set up just doesn't appeal, I'll take the chilled Chablis, under a shady tree :-)

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  21. I enjoy both the sentiments and the accomplished rhyming.

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  22. like berowne said - terrific

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  23. You and I seem to have the same eternal aim! Terrific consideration of what heaven might be.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2013/01/13/feckless/

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  24. I'm holding onto hope that heaven will yet prove to be filled with human pleasures. Or perhaps that's blasphemy ;)

    http://photodiction.blogspot.com

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  25. I have a hunch that heaven is beyond anything our finite minds can conjure up and it has to be more interesting than harps & halos. I certainly hope so because I'm not big on harp music!

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  26. Love the rhythm and revelation of heaven.

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