Tag: love

Marriage Story (2019)

blogging, film January 2, 2020


Marriage Story is about a couple who respect, love, and really seek to understand each other in the midst of a divorce. I was apprehensive and put off watching it only because it seemed like a clear ‘Oscar bait’ film The story however is really brought to life by its characters and almost relies upon the incredible acting of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. That’s not to say the film is flat without them. Noah Baumbach benefits having directing control over his script making sure all of his characters are sharp and incredibly human (I really felt like I could put a name to any one of the faces). Its aesthetic is wonderfully clear and the storytelling benefits from this sort of continuity of style. What I really appreciated about Marriage Story was that I at no point felt like the film was shoving a message down my throat. There are undeniable themes and some gender stereotypes are addressed but in a gracious context that invites understanding. It’s really a masterpiece of a story and is very much a contender for one of my favorite films of all time.

directing Marriage Story

CHRIST / brother

Poetry & Prose December 26, 2019

CHRIST / Christmas Songs

b r o t h e r


in your new shoes
you
practice singing songs
at the piano bench
she was with you
too
in her new shoes
and she sang along


Father, my dear
hear
blessings in a song
as they call your name
beckoning you near
here
keep them in your arms


and as i write a poem
i hear you sing
i hear you laugh
so i write it down
in my new shoes
in my own time
and if you hear me now


sing her a song
give Him your prayer
rest in His arms

blessings ………. no. 1
rest in my arms ………. no, 2
brother ………. no. 3

writing 'blood of love'

blogging, poetry November 13, 2019

often i’ll write about my relationship with God in a way that might be uncomfortable for some. notably, all of my writing about God is in the form of a conversation. i think God values absolute honesty in communication, even if it is at times heretical. i feel when i am able to speak with God like this i am able to strengthen my relationship with him in a way that is honoring to Him. because i do love Him.

this is written as a set of four mirroring a backwards walk through the stages of grief. traditionally there are five stages to grief, the last stage being acceptance. this poem omits acceptance as i feel acceptance is unwritable. acceptance, to me, is a continuous process and since it involves so much change and continuous contemplation, the feeling itself can’t be isolated into a poem.

i wrote beginning with the last stages of grief so as to show the exchange of losing confidence in myself and losing my confidence in God. so here are the four poems and an extrapolation of my times wrestling with grief.

Flōra / Hark!, –
depression

i wrestle with identity and the burdensome weight of being called God’s child amidst my own short comings


-, Bona Dea / Rejoice! Rejoice!
bargaining

although it feels like a fruitless exercise, i call out to God in a way that feels in-line with the Christianity i grew up with


Ichor to Ferry Love, –
anger

the distance in communication with Christ offers little comfort amidst grief and the frequent reminder of ‘a plan’ feels dilapidated and tasteless


-, Tjú
denial

i know who i am and i know who God is but i feel we are asymptotes due to my own stubborn nature

read blood of love here