"The Apostle Paul and Post Traumatic Stress" deals with the Gospel account of the woundedness and healing of the great Apostle. In this unfolding story will be seen the anxiety, trauma, and stress so familiar not only to veterans but also to so many who suffer in similar ways. This blog reflects the professional experiences of a pastor, pastoral counselor, social worker, and hospital chaplain. It also reflects their personal experiences with PSTD, as well
Friday, November 25, 2011
Into our group the blind poet came, strummed his guitar, and began to sing
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The words do not sing. No matter how I order them to sing, they will not; I order them to fall in. They do, but shuffle their feet. A throat is cleared, too obviously.
There is within me a blind poet. For years I did not know he was there, although I could hear the clearing of a throat. I had an intellectualism that I wore proudly, although it did leave white specs on my black suit. There was a country boy look still about me, especially if I tried out announcements; the awkwardness was apparent when it showed up as a lack of self esteem. It looked like I hadn’t pressed my pants. My dearest friend was still proud of me, though; best friends are like that.
I still do not know the name of the blind poet. He does sometimes now come and sit on a bench near my heart. He comes slowly and carefully; he does not see, but he does not grope. He will come, pick at his guitar, will stop and tune it, perhaps even begin some melody over again that he has once started.
That Friday morning in our discussion group we were reading again from Annelie’s and my book: our friends are generous, patient, kind. It was Lucy’s turn to read. When she got into that passage on the Damascus Way the blind poet began to sing, just suddenly burst into song. The whole group smiled.
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