Verse – The Pulley (for George Herbert)

tree house pulley

tree house pulley

This pulley was hung upside down
on a strong cable in a tree
above a treehouse we boys made
from lumber left around the ground
of our new house. We tried to see
if we could hold the hook and slide
way down the cable to the stake
that we had driven in the grass.

We finally just tied a rope
to the pulley’s long steel hook
that hurt our young and weary hands.
We fell to hell, but screamed with hope

– Steve Shoemaker, November 30, 2013

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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

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