1000º : The New Earth

Recently, I found myself inspired and refocused by these words:

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3:5-13

Maybe it’s all of the talk about hot weather…

Maybe it’s all of the smoke lingering in the crevices of my brain from last year’s wildfires…

Maybe it’s just the thought of a Consuming Fire… contrasted with Moses and the bush that was not consumed…

Maybe it’s the renewed warmth in my soul…

Whatever it is, I found 5am delight in it…

I don’t usually include numbers in a poem; I don’t usually think much about numbers anyway (unless for symbolism in writing). However, I like the way that the syllables fell in this piece and the allusions they might call to mind, so I’m including them…

1000o

(6) You divide me by One —

(6) The Sabbath, thief of night.

(7) A thousand days that are one;

(7) A thousand degrees, unscorched;

(8) A thousand and one dreams, renewed —

(3) Here or there.

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