Air expelled,
Expected to return…
Fleeting, fleeing
Into the atmosphere

Crystaline cloud
In January
Yet disappearing quickly,
Gone where?
Does air dissipate in air?

‘And God breathed
Into the earth creature Adam
And he quickened’

Into life
Into lies
Into living a lie
His death knell
Takes your breath away….

Breath/wind/ spirit
It’s all the same in Hebrew/Greek
All invisible

Breathing is involuntary
Until we breathe our last
But oddly Spirit enters
At our bidding
But who knows
Which way the Pentecost wind blows?

A body is animated by life breath
Hence a living being
But a resurrection body
Is animate entirely, permanently, powerfully
By his Spirit, hence a spiritual body.

Immune to disease, decay, death
Suffering, sin, sorrow…..

But if so— need we breathe
In the new creation?
I’ll not hold my breath
Waiting to find out.

Speak to the bones again Ezekiel
Tell them to join forces,
It’s time for God’s people to rise up again

No longer breathless….
No longer lifeless…
No longer listless,
Lying in waiting
For heaven’s gate.

For MLK in memento mori—- Jan. 21 2013 (Inauguration Day).

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  • DDF

    I like this a lot, Ben.

  • Dan Salter

    Ben, Love this. I have a section of my website that I call Poems, Prayers, and Promises. Can I include this poem there?

  • Mary Liz

    I have stolen your wonderful poem for my daily reflections giving your blog credit. Is this acceptable?

  • Moses

    H Ben. I like this poem. Thanks. I am reading your other book on biblical scholarship and loving it. I know this is a bit unrelated but I really wanted to ask you this: do you belief that Jesus was no more than a wise sage who also had the consciousness of a deity? I have read some scholarship that suggests these are your views.To you, do you think He was a Son of God? How about His resurrection?

  • Sallie Vandervort

    powerful and breathtaking

  • Ben Witherington

    Hi Friends: You are all most welcome to use my poems. You might enjoy my latest collection of published poems from Finish Line Press entitled China Doll.


    Ben W.