Because the voice is but a whisper, we habitually assume it is unimportant and so it is unheeded. A figure of the past promised her return. Most fawned at her strange assertion. She brings sorrowful words of caution amid shallow values and hasty decisions. Who is this quiet voice of the martyrs?
The poems also question who this amazing martyr is who enters our confusing and modern world to bring compassion, understanding, and restore the bridge between divided couples, family members, and warring factions—even those we shall join again in a world beyond death.
So much of what is precious has been neglected in search of money, belongings, and real estate. Shall we forget forever family solidarity, love, faith, those matters most rewarding and our constant source of joy? Or shall we turn from shopping, shallow entertainment, material obsession to rediscover our true identity? Shall we take time to consider those treasures offered to us forever? The strain of the world has a way of unveiling false assumptions and presenting the need for that final bridge. Our quest for a stable world falters daily.
In an effort to achieve everything by human efforts, our age has given its respect to the clever, powerful, and worldly and put aside the lovely miracles of the God of compassion and eternal blessings. God still rewards those who continue in Christ’s faith and service.
Yet in a broader spectrum POEMS OF THE BRIDGE rejects the prevailing philosophic viewpoint of positivism advocating that neither God nor the spiritual has any effect upon the course of history, the plight of the human race, or individual persons.
While in his first book Songs of the Lesser Servants the author presented in poetry spiritual experiences and perceptions of the changing social situation, this book concentrates on secularisms effect on the inner person. Melting World presents the ever-renewing spiritual contrasted with worldly ruin.
Poems of experience, vision, parable, and allegory spring from everyday situations. Each poem challenges the reader to examine current perceptions of faith and secularism.
Modern humanity must realize that secularism is not ideal society before it is too late to turn back. Under the guise of issues of church and state, mans spirituality is removed in schools, public places and media. Generations view man as a higher primate without soul or spirit. Spiritual man without Gods presence dies in a melting world. Hope remains in begin again.
Poetrys rhythms relay the inner sights. The reader hears the words in his or her own voice, suddenly glimpsing the spiritual world, which departs the scene having stirred the inner experience that often in modern life is fading.
The spiritual is ageless. But the material quickly dissolves exacting a toll upon the age that surrenders the eternal dimension.
The book concludes with the trials of the martyrs who pursued the poet throughout his life. They were not then known to him by name or story, save in spiritual experiences. Lately he fully learned their identity as the founders of Christian schools for children in Wales and England. Their costly sacrifice is related.
The book ends with a tribute to those martyrs who died before a weeping nation—the heroes of the Twin Towers—a tragedy, but a willing sacrifice of historic proportion.