I have been in the House of Yahweh.
There I pummeled heaven
with the iron blows
of my prayers—
the raging two-fisted madness of Jacob.
There I seized my soul-fever with bare hands
and hurled it back blazing
upon the lap of Consuming Fire.
I have been in the Temple of the God of Hosts.
There I howled my primal howl,
howling as a beast howls
until my cry scraped like brick against brick.
There I gathered the boiling rivers
of my spirit and spewed them
like a torrent
toward the Voice of Many Waters.
I have been in the Presence of the Most High.
There I pressed my body
against the weight of the whole earth,
lunging again and again
against its ancient, fallen orbit.
There I shook the Seraphim.
There I wrestled Leviathan.
There I shifted the destiny of the universe.
FREDERICK LEWIS ALLEN is a former pastor and college teacher. He lives with his wife and four small children in Salem, Oregon.