ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©
This painting was done as the backdrop for “Such a Time as This,” a musical play written and produced almost ten years ago with my children’s theatre group. Paul researched the ancient cities of that time period and came up with this. He also found several pictures of the gods that were worshipped at that time, upon which he created the interior of the king’s palace. This city had wealth beyond measure along with lavish lifestyles, a big party scene and lots and lots of sin.
As a nation grows, this often happens. As I think of our own nation, opulent and luxurious, it’s hard to imagine the seedy side of life. Yet behind all the beauty and apparent wealth, there is another whole side to a civilization. It includes the poor, the hurting, the sick, hungry and those who have no alternative for a better life. When the bottom side of society becomes apparent, all the glory of that place is hidden in darkness. I pray that our nation never succumbs to the evil that inhabits it.
It was at the height of it’s opulence, this city from of old,
It commanded respect and attention, its streets were paved with gold,
It shone like the brilliant sun in the sky, reflecting its bright rays,
Within the dark shadows secrets survived, infesting all the days.
The brilliance soon disappeared from all sight, as darkness slithered in,
No one realized what was happening, knew nothing of this sin,
The ominous shadows penetrated the brilliance of the day,
Corruption and greed encapsulated and sent the good away.
That once shining and glorious city, no longer casts its light,
What remains are shards of days long ago, decay, great loss and blight,
If only the fire had been overseen, by those within her gate,
Perhaps a flame would rise from the embers, and new life would create.
We should learn from our own sweet history, but we often fail the test,
We think that we have the perfect answers, we think that we know best,
Instead of trusting our almighty God, we struggle and we fall,
Still patience abides in His gracious love, His love is meant for all.