• The Castles, the Tower, the Tree, the Branches

    • The Castles, the Tower, the Tree, the Branches
    • Prologue
    • Castles in Air
      Hope that is held is not hope.
      For who hopes for what he already has?
      But if we take confidence in what we do not carry,
      with grit, we wait for it.

      The whole world waits expectantly
      for the reveal of the sons of the Lord.
      The invisible, the ancient, the first born.

      For in Him, each instrument was composed.
      In atmosphere & dust, evident & unseen.
      We groan within ourselves, waiting
      for this transfusion:
      the retreival of our bones,
      the rescue of our bodies.
    • Act I
    • A Tower in my Heart
      "I will ascend to heaven.
      I will raise my throne above the stars of God.

      "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
      I will make myself like the Most High."

      So let us build for ourselves a city;
      a tower whose top will reach into heaven.
      Let us make for ourselves a name.

      "I will raise my throne.
      I will make myself like the Most High."
    • A Thief Comes
      Seven angels with seven bowls, clothed in linen,
      clean and bright, bound 'round their
      chests with shining sashes.
      The first, on my skin; a sickening sore.
      The second into my rib cage,
      drawing blood like a buried man.
      The third down my throat, and the fourth upon my feet;
      every step searing me. Blackened and pierced, I
      cursed his name who controls these deaths, and I
      did not feel remorse.

      The fifth, on my eyes; my kingdom darkened. I chewed my tongue
      cursing my stings and swellings; I did not repent.
      The sixth down my great well and the seventh into my lungs;
      and my city, my tower were snapped in three.

      And I saw heaven unfold.
      And I saw a white horse;
      it's master with eyes like flames, and a name which no one knows.
      He wore a robe dipped in blood, a sharp sword from his tongue,
      treading the wine press of the wrath of the Almighty.
      And on His robe and on His thigh, a name:

    • All That's Left
      ...I knit together coverings,
      exchanging fig leaves for clean hands.
      I shove thorns and thistles down my throat.
      My names and towers are blotted out.

      Futile thinking, foolish heart
      filled with every wicked thing.
      Having eyes of adultery,
      Having a heart trained in greed.

      Born a creature of instinct,
      a ship that cannot help but sink.
      A dog returns to it's own retch
      as I come back to feed my flesh.

      A polluted spring; a poisoned well—
      I grin and wink and think evil.
      A dried-up lamp that flickers out—
      my corpse bringing a joyful shout.
    • Act II
    • Begging the Tree
      Help me, Lord! My God, save
      me, according to Your unfailing
      love. Open up your eyes and see the
      desolation of my city.

      To rescue,
      to release,
      to intercede:
      Love, unfailing.

      "Adopted children
      whose hearts have grown weary
      will gain new strength,
      and mount up on eagles' wings.

      "Get yourself up on a high mountain,
      'O bearer of good news.
      Lift up your voice, do not
      fear. Say to the city,
      'Here is your God.'"

      To listen, to hear my need.
      To soften hearts, and wash me clean.

      Your only son, an offering
      to be my iniquity.

      To satisfy all of my debt.
      To sacrifice. To raise the dead.
    • Up from the Dead
      Through His body,
      this body of death—this body enslaving me—
      has been released, crucified, buried,
      and brought to nothing.

      This glory
      (this newness of life, these limbs),
      this fresh identity attached to me
      is alive. Growing up from the dead.
      An instrument of virtue.
    • Surrounded by Wolves
      "Do not purchase gold or silver
      for your money belts,
      or a knapsack for your travel,
      or even two coats, pairs of shoes,
      or walking sticks.

      "Cure the sick, lift the dead,
      know the unknown,
      cast out evil. Freely
      you were given, so freely give.

      "See, I send you as sheep surrounded by wolves;
      so be sharp as snakes and pure as doves.
      When they hand you over, do not worry what to say; for
      it will be shown in that instant. It is not you
      who speak, but the spark of your source in you

      "who cures the sick, lifts the dead,
      knows the unknown,
      casts out evil. Freely
      you were given, so freely give."
    • Act III
    • For the Branches
      "Carry them in Your house,
      that they may knit together as we are.
      Make my great gladness abound in them.
      Do not pluck them out of the world.

      "Set them apart in your promises.
      Come like a violent rushing wind, and
      set the good news upon their tongues for
      the work to which they are called, in You.

      "As You are surrounded by Me,
      and I surrounded by You,
      unite them in us, that the
      world may trust our harmony.

      "(The) glory which You granted Me I give to them.
      Place them with Me where I am.
      As You are surrounded by Me and I surrounded by You,
    • We Watched
      "Why are you worried?
      Why does doubt weaken your soul?
      A phantom has no flesh and blood
      as you see.

      "You are witnesses;
      you are covered in
      victory from on high."

      We saw Him lifted up.
      We watched a cloud
      carry Him out of sight.
      We became witnesses.
    • Infinite Light
      I carry my king's heart inside my heart; in my body.
      My heart of stone has been replaced with a pulsing,
      glorious dwelling of infinite light.

      I am already inculpable because of the word which has been
      whispered to me. Persist in Him, and He in I. As the offshoot can't
      bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the fountain spring, so
      neither can I unless I remain in Him.

      If I rest in the shelter of the Most High, I'll abide in the
      shadow of the Almighty. He will petition the Father, and He will
      deliver another Helper for me, that it may be with me
      on and on; that is the counselor, the Spirit of truth.

      I have come to know and rely on the affection which my
      redeemer has for me. The one who prevails in love remains in Him. If we
      honor one another, His love is perfected in us. These things He
      has spoken that His joy may be in me, and that my joy be complete.