March 31st, 2011

Vladimir Solovyov: Thou shalt have no other gods before me

Thou shalt have no other gods before me
Vladimir Solovyov,
(1853 - 1900)

Above white earth a single, single
Star burns
And draws one along a path of ether
To itself -- there.

Oh, why is it so? In one steady gaze
All wonders dwell,
The mysterious sea of all life,
And the heavens.

That gaze is so close and so clear --
Behold it,
You, too, will be measureless and sublime --
Master of all.

  Vladimir Solovyov: Thou shalt have no other gods before me

Solovyov is not a name that pops into my mind when i think of Christian Mystical Poetry.  It should.


Jules: I'm not giving you that money. I'm buying something from you. Wanna know what I'm buyin' Ringo?
Pumpkin: What?
Jules: Your life. I'm givin' you that money so I don't have to kill your ass. You read the Bible?
Pumpkin: Not regularly.
Jules: There's a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17.* "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you." Now... I been sayin' that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You'd be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. See, now I'm thinking: maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here... he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. And I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.

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* For those concerned with authenticity, i am aware that this passage is  not from Ezekiel 25.  The final sentence is a more or less reasonable interpretation of Ezekiel 25: 17 (which refers to nations, not individuals),  But it does sound Biblical, doesn't it.? And if someone was pointing a gun in my face and saying those words, i would have real fear.  I have an upcoming entry which should put this quote into a context.