Many people have held out hope that it would never happen again. Yet here it is: I’ve written another poem. Yes, I do know I’m not a poet. Real poets? They feel compelled to write poetry. Me? I write poetry more out of … rebellion. Real poets write poetry from the heart. I think mine is more from the liver. Maybe pancreas.
As if it’s not enough that I’ve ignored the pleas of those who’ve read my poetry before, this particular poem must be read in the voice of a well-schooled Shakespearean actor. Those who are weak of constitution or who are … you know … English-literature-literate, should read with caution. And also with my apologies.
Shall We Hence E’er Supersize?
Each order placed of burgers, fries,
And yet again with apple pies,
The question fails not to arise,
“Hey, would you like to supersize?”
Hence from my lips, my heart, the cries,
Tho some pray think it ill-advised,
Naught let me waste yon deep-fried prize.
“Yes! Yes! Please, thou must supersize!”
Then oft I’ve sought with earnest tries,
Denying tempted food revise,
Yet find I still, to my demise,
I cannot spurn the supersize.
And though I thought ‘twas burgers, fries,
That didst attain to supersize
Alas, and to my dread surprise,
I find it’s my rear-end and thighs.
Did it bring a tear to your eye? I’m a bit misty myself. I’m not sure what touches my heart (liver?) more than a poem about, well, more.
In this life, we so often find ourselves wanting more and more. Unless we’re talking about my poetry, of course. As for money, fame, things – we’re famous for wanting more, more, more. Extra-triple-absurdly-super-sized.
How the love of Christ changes our “more.” Paul said in Phil. 1:9-10, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”
Love for people – and even more, more, more, our love for God – is most appropriate when it’s supersized and growing. It really does begin with a growing love of God. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deut. 6:5). We’re charged to love God with all our hearts. Then more, with all our soul. Then more than more, with all our strength. Jesus Himself said it was the greatest commandment in Matt. 22:37 and included “all your mind.”
As we learn to love the Lord more and more, we’re simultaneously learning to love people more and more. It’s amazing how that works. It’s a supernatural supersize – a most magnificent more.
That love for people comes as Christ shines His through us, all included in that supersized “more and more” package. Paul talks about it when he says, “All the time we are being changed to look like Him, with more and more of His shining-greatness. This change is from the Lord Who is the Spirit,” (2 Cor. 3:18). More and more of His shining-greatness, more and more changes. Glory!
As for the burgers, they’re making changes of an entirely different variety. I’d make another rhyme but it might go against propriety.
Rhonda is a pastor’s wife, happily married and living in the St. Louis area. She is a humor columnist for publications in the U.S. and Canada and is the author of 10 books with more on the way. She says she will keep cranking them out as long as the Lord allows. –And the psychoses hold out.