Friday, August 14, 2009

I Am a Rock; But I'm Not An Island

Bagwine is closed for the day...

My mind keeps going back to John Donne's, Meditation XVII, but in a different way in which he wrote it.

The clarion call of the spire does call me and more often than not, it calls us all...but sometimes it is only me, and frankly, I'm tired of it.

"No man is an island, entire of itself."

Understood Mr. Donne, and oddly enough, right now, I wish that that wasn't true.

I'm tired of being, once again, the preacher who answers the church bell, and all that the congregation does, is sit, and listen....and watch.

Cheers!!

21 comments:

katherine. said...

He was a devout man...no?
In more than one religion.

given our earlier subject...

God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice;

but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another



...or is this merely your misery?

Jay said...

I don't always just sit and listen and watch. Many times I sit and fantasize about the hot women in the congregation and don't listen much. ;-)

Scott Oglesby said...

An enigmatic post from a mysterious man. Have a good Beerday!

Micky-T said...

Sitting....
Listening....
Watching....

I get bored quickly you know.

David said...

One quite rarely finds John Donne quoted in a blog. Matt-Man must be terrifically introspective today.

Your posts are routinely thought provoking - I know because my thoughts have been well and truly provoked...or something like that.

Have a good day my good man.

Cheers

Cheesy said...

But this congregation member likes to watch...

Dianne said...

if I had only one thing to take with me to an island I'd take you

Good Friday Matty

Matt-Man said...

Kat: That is true but as evidenced by Hillary's outburst this week, sometimes the interpretation of the message or question by the translator is erroneous. Cheers Kat!!

Jay: Ha. That's the only thing that got me through Mass when my mom and dad forced me to go. Cheers Jay!!

Scott: I am an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a paper bag that contains a fifth of Wild Irish Rose. Cheers!!

Matt-Man said...

Micky: Well maybe if you weren't such a Jimmy Buffet-type Renaissance Man you wouldn't get so bored so quickly. Cheers Mick!!

David: Ha...your phrasing mirrors mine quite a bit. I dig that. Cheers David!!

Cheesy: Knowing that you like to watch gives me wood. Cheers Cheesy!!

Matt-Man said...

Dianne: Right back 'atcha. Let me fire up the S.S. Minnow and we can go find an uncharted island. Purrrrr. Cheers Sexy!!

Lu' said...

Hmmm; pffft.

Matt-Man said...

Lu: What? WHAT?? I can't be "on" EVERY day. Cheers Lu!!

Bond said...

I rarely attend church - sorry

Matt-Man said...

Bond: If you attend rarely, you have a much higher attendance frequency than I. Cheers Vin!!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...Have you sent Paul Simon his royalty fee?...

Matt-Man said...

Phfrankie: Why should I? Art will find out and smoke it all up. Of course, that is what makes Art cool. Cheers!!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

..."Art for Art's sake" is what I always say...

Starrlight said...

To paraphrase The Lennon, I don't believe congregations, I just believe in me. Wise man.

VE said...

I'd answer the church bell but I was never good at tests...

Michele said...

Feeling a little put upon huh? That's okay. Take a day or two.

Lu' said...

It's not that you weren't on I felt like you were admonishing...