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Poem of the Week

February 19 – 25, 2018

Selected by Joe Horn

Note from Joe: This is reminiscent of Ogden Nash's "Listen...". However, Scruggs ventures further than Nash, positing that the reason we are lonely beings is that we were made in the image and likeness of a lonely God. For the record, we Christians would disagree with that notion, since God has never been lonely, but rather has always enjoyed the company of Three Divine Persons in a co-eternal Trinity. And since we were made in that image and likeness, enjoying interpersonal relationships is built into our very nature. And that's precisely why occasional times of loneliness are so painful. I disagree with Nash and Scruggs that we are always lonely. It only feels that way sometimes. Nevertheless, both poems are apt examples of great poetry.

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