Thursday, October 27, 2005

From 20,000 feet

From 20,000 feet
The world looks somehow different
The things that separate us fade
Into apparent harmony

From 20,000 feet
The fences are invisible
You cannot see the railroad tracks
Or tell which is the wrong side

From 20,000 feet
You cannot tell black from white
Rich from poor
Saint from sinner

At 20,000 feet
You cannot see the chaos
Or hear the cries for help
Or smell the fear in the air

The world is peaceful here
Calm and beautiful
Not such a bad place at all
From 20,000 feet.


Mimi said...


I didn't expect the photo. Wipes tear.

Stacy said...

SAMPSON!!! You're back!!

Johanna said...

Oh, Sampson you are SOOO BAD. I love it...

VIctoria said...

That song "From a Distance" always bothered me because it is so patently backwards. It's not "from a distance that people look like friends even though we are at war." It's right up close when we get to know them that we wonder what on earth we're doing. And if "God is watching us from a distance," then I quit.

This is probably why your poem and photo are so -- piquant.

Johanna said...

"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.
Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they
consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move
against him, believing that he has the gods on his side." -Aristotle,
philosopher (384-322 BCE)

Sampson, how do I get in touch? Your email address isn't working anymore.

Sampson said...


I sent an email to your former email address. Is that account active?


Seraphim said...

Hi Sampson

I'm sorry to leave this as a pretty irrelevant comment to this particular post, but I can't find your e-mail address anywhere.

I have a blog, and lately I have set up a section for Orthodox writers. I always liked your writing, and would like to put some of your material up, if you didn't mind. I was thinking of "A dollar for a cup of coffee", but I'm also open to anything you have written that you especially liked.

If you see this note, please write me through my blog. I hope to hear from you.