Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Into the Dark"

Driving in like nitroglycerine knives,
Piercing and explosive;
My words disected to find reason...
But in me lives only contradiction,
My desire is for the good! But...
Why do I try?
Evil is so easy to master;
A seductive mistress;
A simple way to build my own confidence
By tearing the next man down...

If I held the world in the palm of my hand,
I fear I would crush it,
Simply to rid myself of the burden.
The humble man is trounced upon,
So the Arrogant Man may be feared...

I go into the dark
and think,
Why do I try?
Because if I don't,
then who will.
And so I suffer the pain,
of love;
of life...
And try to escape myself.


  1. Daniel,

    I will respond to your blog but right now I am just overwhelmed by the gift that your sisters have given you... the ability to communicate like this and in giving you someway to express your thoughts. Emily, thanks for the encouragement. Ada, wow. Thank you, thank you! I am in tears!

    Keep it coming!
    All my love, Mom

  2. Daniel, I too like to write poetry and songs. But I don't think I written something so heavy, deep, and dark as this.

    I have read it several times and I am not sure what you want to say.

    But isn't it good to have a place to say it? Keep writing and I will keep reading.


  3. Kathy, make sure you become a follower!!!! It's so awesome that this can be done.

  4. Powerful words and I have to say they remind me of the Apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 7. You have talent. Keep writing and yes there is a reason to battle the sin within because Jesus gives us the victory and hope. I love how direct to human emotion your writing is.

    Struggling With Sin

    7What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."[b] 8But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. 9Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
    11For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

    14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

    21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
    So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

  5. I'd love to see you write a poem about Romans Chapter 8

  6. TO: Gregg FROM: Daniel Jackson

    You say that you aren't sure what I was trying to say in my poem "Into the Dark". Does what I had in mind make any difference? The fact is that what I was saying is unimportant. What is important is what the poem 'said' to you or inspired within you. True, an artistic outpouring is born from the passion of the creator but it should hold meaning for the individual taking it in as well. The best art causes others to think or feel. I can only hope to accomplish that through my writings.

    If you still desire insight into my motivation, I will give it to you. I feel within myself the potential for unrighteousness . In fact, it is so much easier to be bad than it is to be good. It is easier to cause pain than to bring joy. I battle with my own flesh to overcome, to do the difficult things in life. The greatest war I have ever fought was with myself and this is life.

    Thanks for following my blog and for your patience in my response time.

    *** If you would like to respond to Dan's comment response further, feel free to write to him at Daniel Jackson #1182398 Powhatan Correctional Center, State Farm, VA 23160 ***

  7. DO you have the feeling, that when writing down something that is deep and meaningful, it loses its original meaning. AS if, now that there's proof. Now that it's written down, it's no longer as true as it once was. And when you go back to read it, a few weeks, or even a few days, after you wrote, you wonder, is it still true, now?
    Just a thought. Maybe a question.


    I am glad you enjoyed my poem, it truly came from the depths of my heart. I always fill my writings with passion, for I feel that is where true art is born.

    While it was never my intention to connect in such a way to biblical passage, it is a good thing that my work can speak on spiritual levels. It is my greatest desire to reach all men and women, without prejudice. I only hope to inspire or spark something within the hearts and minds of others. If my writings have no effects, then they have served no purpose.

    Direct correspondences can be made to me at:

    Daniel Jackson #1182398
    Powhatan Correctional Center
    State Farm, VA 23160