Funeral Becomes Festival
“When the Babylonian gods have been mocked,
when the Babylonian culture has been ridiculed,
and when the dethroned king is re-enthroned then history is inverted.
Funeral becomes festival,
grief becomes doxology,
and despair turns into amazement…
It is the inversion that the grim
royal middle class among us
does not believe in, and it is the inversion
that surprises people who are powerless.
Inversions are not easy,
not without cost,
and never neat and clear.
But we ought not underestimate the power of the poet.”
- Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination (74)
Visual Artist: Timothy Beltran del Rio