Jun 23, 2012

NASCAR Prayer: Boogity Boogity Boogity

JUNE 25, 2012:

It's Monday and readers might need a follow-up prayer after yesterday's services. Or they might just need some comic relief. For awhile I was laughing at this preacher from Lebanon, Tennessee, but lately I've been thinking how much more honest his theology might be than much of what's heard on the Sabbath.

I hope someone else enjoyed that half as much as I did.

For those who came for poetry, here are two more serious items on related topics. They're both new to me.

Do you have a preference between the two poems? Why? If we include the Tennessee preacher, what do these three preachers offer in terms of an eye for divinity?

The New World by Amiri Baraka : The Poetry Foundation

Psalm to Be Read with Closed Eyes by D. Nurkse : Poetry Magazine


Pasadena Adjacent said...

The New World by Amiri Baraka is my preference. Because? maybe because it's more obvious. Sometimes when the summer heat strikes, I don't want to have to work to hard to get that nugget.

That fellow really flipped that prayer. Do you really believe he landed himself a "smoking hot wife"?

Hannah Stephenson said...

Ok....I will absolutely share that Nascar prayer with my sister and her boyfriend, who do watch Nascar :). It was kind of wonderful, really.

I like poems of prayer (in general, mostly), and liked both of these. I like how the Baraka one really gave us something to sink our teeth into.

I really love the work of Rabbi Rachel Barenblat...she writes and blogs at Velveteen Rabbi (one of my favorite blog names!): http://velveteenrabbi.com/

Banjo52 said...

PA, maybe it only matters that he thinks he landed her?

I was liking the Baraka poem to about the two-thirds point, then I felt a little lost about tying things together. But I'll go back.

Hannah, "kind of wonderful' is a great phrase. I'll check out the rabbi.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Yes - and that she thinks he thinks so even more.

I know what you mean about the Baraka poem. It's a bit all over the map. But it does have moments; like a clever bumper sticker.

Anonymous said...

Door #2, please. Wonderful image.

Stickup Artist said...

I really liked the Baraka poem because it made me feel a little pathetic and sad and misguided, but that makes me love life, myself and humanity all the more.

Loved the photo of Big Als!!

PS: My post was looking left (I think that's southwest) from Manly Beacon at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.

Birdman said...

Psalm... it made me smile. And think.

Banjo52 said...

AH and Stickup, so you like steak more than gleaming metal. If only I'd known when I was 20.

Stickup, I have a feeling Baraka would like your comment. I certainly do. (and thanks for the info on your place)

Birdman, good! I've liked a number of his when I see them in magazines.

Banjo52 said...

Stickup, did you see any of the photos of Manly Beacon on Wikipedia and other googlable sites? Holy cow. Also, I've heard of Zabriskie Point forever (it seems), but had no idea why. Probably the movie, tho' I remember nothing about it.

Brenda's Arizona said...

I love the Psalm poem. Makes me think it is addressing a 'senior' person, in ignorance of what is going on in the world. Maybe he lives in a nursing home. And life is much like being a child, falling asleep in the car, awaking in his own bed. How did you get here? And does it matter if you know? Probably not...

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