World of Glass


It was the world they were born into

The one they’d been given

Although they’d long ago forgotten

The Visitor who came and filled

Their empty world with glass

Which was said to be immortal

They had to admit it was beautiful

Through it they could clearly view the world

Including one another

Although some preferred to block the view

And look at themselves instead

But living in a world of glass wasn’t easy

It needed care and cleaning

Or it would become ugly and distorted

Plus it was fragile

Some even said vindictive

Because when they were careless

Pieces of it would break off

And fall to the ground and cut them

But one day they discovered something better

Or so they thought

It was made

The sages said

Not by, but from their ancestors

Who’d died long ago

When the world was young

It wasn’t beautiful

In fact it was foul and murky

And stained everything it touched

But it was compliant

And would take any shape they told it to

Serve any purpose they assigned it

They couldn’t clearly view one another through it

But they could make things look

The way they wanted them to look

And so they loved it

And in order to make room for more of it

They shattered all the glass

Broke it into tiny pieces

And dumped them into the ocean

In time, however

The substance they’d made

Or rather the substance made of them

Choked the world

Killing everything off

Including them

After ten thousand generations

They’d become their ancestors

And the world stood empty again


Until the Visitor returned

And saw that nothing was left

Nothing but ocean and sand

That had rolled out of the ocean

So the Visitor took the sand

And melted it into glass

And refilled the world

And said

Let’s try again

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to World of Glass

  1. Gail Perry says:

    There really needs to be a “Love this” button! Beautiful!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Dora says:

    Something very Romans 1 about this parable poem. 💙

    Liked by 1 person

  3. HAT says:

    You’ve outdone yourself with this one.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beck says:

    Oh my gosh! This is the best best best… no words. I think you might have struck eternity here…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Roadtirement says:

    Well penned, sir.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Efrona Mor says:

    Very nice poem to read..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. revruss1220 says:

    Awe-inspiring. Nothing left to do but sit and let this wash over me. What a gift!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. says:

    Wow! I love this❤️❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Piano girl says:

    Wow! I’m going to need to read that again! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  10. It is amazing and interpreted in one way could be prophetic.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Excellent poem. I can only hope that the glass is dirty, very thin, and fragile, but not yet shattered.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. librepaley says:

    Try again without Man? Wise insights.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. AMEN. “Even so, Lord Jesus, come!”

    Liked by 1 person

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