Monday, December 17, 2007

A Pound of the Eternal in a Paper Sack

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God please, not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black person or pick crops with a migrant. I want ecstasy not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack.

Tim Hansel, When I Relax, I feel Guilty (Elgin, IL: David C Cook Publications, 1979), 49.


  1. Very beautiful and sadly on-the-dot observation of our times.

    Loved the title, kinda reminds me of Blake's Auguries of Innocence

    To see a world in a grain of sand,
    And a heaven in a wild flower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
    And eternity in an hour.


  2. hi Jack,

    I always like this snippet of William Blake's poem.