God at Rest

“All I mean to imply is that, other things being equal, a heroic figure at rest has a greater transporting power than one which is shown in action.”
-Aldous Huxley, Heaven and Hell

scu023I think this is less about the transcendent nature of indolence, with which I totally disagree, and more about the transcendent nature of vulnerability. Hermes at rest or fastening his sandal is an immortal on the verge of mortality. He is closer to us in that moment when his sandal is falling off or when he needs to catch his breath than he is slipping at speed from one world to another.

God at Rest is the outstretched hand. God at Rest is capable of hearing our cries in the night. God at Rest understands what it is to live in the flesh. God at Rest isn’t so very far removed from us after all.

-M.

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About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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