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    Of Saintly Empathy: Heroic Couplet #2

    First Draft 6/15/12-6/26/12

    If saints could but through the holding of hands
    Impart visions of woeful wonderlands
    Walk with him or her amidst sorrows sands;
    Unload unto others wellsprings of pangs
    Perfectly perceptive, nor panned by gangs;
    Suppose lurching through Narrow Lanes of Life
    We might bond in means meant for Afterlife,
    Shared vistas stretching beyond thought and time
    Pilgrims traversing mighty hills to climb;
    Seeing through saintís sight whatís seriously sore
    Sovereign Deity deigned for us to bore;
    Hearts affectedly would move in outpour,
    Fathoming fountains of fears, shedding tears,
    To grasp (not doubt!) spiritual atmospheres
    And sit with brother or sister to calm
    Conditions; cover wounds with a wondrous Psalm
    Of succor, survey stated stations and
    Be belied no more; nor motives to brand
    Heretic concerning canonical contrasts,
    Grace lodges with many ecclesiasts
    Mingled and mixed with providential pasts.
    In the immeasurable depths of the divine
    Counsels, the Sovereign Lord God would decline
    Such a hall of release. Yet disagree?
    A saint must be open to forgive thee.

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    This reminds me that mentality of ISIS is right next door

    For those who believe,
    no explanation is necessary.
    For those who do not,
    none will suffice.

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    When Heaven is Silent and Hell is Raging: Sestina #2

    First Draft 2/28/2012-3/5/12


    Often it appears in the midst of travailóGod
    Is silent while the devil is raging; fear!ó
    It grips and will not relent its hold. ďForsake right!Ē
    It saysóas if Christ is not active securing rescue.
    Yet seducing spirits strive to sway your sorrowed soul,
    And anguish of the mind abounds with confusion of face.

    These are tests and trials and tribulations to face,
    I cannot cast away my confidence in God.
    Sin seeks out and isolates a suffering soul
    While past phantoms and pretending peoples instill fear.
    The Lord Christ will arrive in a mighty rescue
    I must not grow weary in doing that which is right.

    Abandon insight; take solace in Christís righteousness.
    All things will be known when we see Him face to face.
    Serpents are sent to stay my redemptive rescue
    Yet they are restrained by the hand of a loving God.
    Enigmatic events wherein Iím enmeshed in fear,
    I cry out for release from the depths of my soul!

    Seeing salvation given to an unworthy soul
    Will keep one on course and practicing rightly.
    Yet one asks: Why is He absent in spells of fear?
    Not true! Christ will never leave alone his own; Iíll face
    All he puts before me and glorify the Lord God
    Until He deems fit to come to my aid in rescue.

    Devils dissuade from depending on His rescuing
    Arm; as shaken and in parts is my tattered soul!
    Trust should never waver nor falter in my God.
    Take refuge in his Providence until things are made right.
    If he would but give a glimpse of his glorious face
    Iíd be enveloped in love while forsaking fleeing fear.

    The Lord God will beat back fear
    Righting fortunes in a glorious rescue,
    My soul at last liberated with a view of His face.

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    Big texts !

    "Often it appears in the midst of travail—God"

    I'm sorry for my languishing, I'm French ...

    I am glad to see this kind of text, since on the French forums religion is a little put aside for, I think, to avoid tensions and to preserve in the end the beliefs of each one ...

    But here I see (thanks google trad) a beautiful phrasing! Elongated, certainly fluid, I imagine it to the prolixity, marking the assurance.

    So good continuation to you, my friendships!

    Alice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice "darty31" View Post


    Big texts !

    "Often it appears in the midst of travail—God"

    I'm sorry for my languishing, I'm French ...

    I am glad to see this kind of text, since on the French forums religion is a little put aside for, I think, to avoid tensions and to preserve in the end the beliefs of each one ...

    But here I see (thanks google trad) a beautiful phrasing! Elongated, certainly fluid, I imagine it to the prolixity, marking the assurance.

    So good continuation to you, my friendships!

    Alice
    Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my poem. And I agree with you, there hasn't been nearly enough discussion about the virtues of faith in God. Again, your comments were most appreciated. Thanks again!

  6. #21

    The Christian Struggle with the Flesh: Heroic Couplet #1

    It happens to even the best of them,
    An aspect of a three-fold stratagem,
    A shadowed you seeking to sway your soul
    Back into hellís embrace and Impís payroll.
    The Flesh lusts against the Spiritual side,
    It will not rest until Christ is denied.
    It joys in things that impact adversely,
    Wrestling until you backslid inversely.
    Wanting to wallow in sin, waiving chaste
    Honesty; flee from these with godly haste!
    A life-long struggle sits smack before us,
    Fleshly charms are sly and insidious.
    Walk in the Light granted to you by God,
    Think it not strange when prodded; nay, nor odd.
    The Flesh declares, ďAnything but Jesus!
    Say no to Christ and be one blasphemous!Ē
    To die daily, crucify the Old Man,
    Being a facet of this race weíve ran.
    So Serve Christ, fret not about phantasms;
    Christís will embrace you bridging all chasms.

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    The Noisome Pestilence: Sestina #3

    First Draft 12/14/2014-1/06/2015

    This Pestilence that persists throughout the day
    A Bubbling up of unbalance; I yearn
    For shackles of nightmare to bare lay;
    Gurgling grim guidance left to discern,
    I beg thee O Lord not to lead me astray
    Restless awaiting its bumbling return

    That Noisome Thing on its tempestuous returning
    Has but blinded me balefully during daylight:
    Endurance is ordered; shift not awry, nor astray,
    Yet a cyclical churning leaves one yearning!
    The Lordís uppermost (he must be!) and I discerning?
    Hellís Legions must answer when on the books light lay.

    Put all doubts away! Watch as Christ overlays
    Souls in sweet, sheer rapture sensing His return;
    Queer and querulous questions left to discern
    Night nor minute, mayhap winking, but hour and day
    For true; until then a burning to yearning
    Awakens within when I want not to go astray.

    Will this holy haze and hindrance make me astray?
    Sitting or prostrate on the bed, I must lay
    These calls of confusion at His feet yearningly;
    Enrapt entreaty! Heíll allow noxious nonsense to return?
    Today I pray for a halt in these dreary days
    Crippled as I am in God-given discernment,

    A reproach has halved this hapless discerner
    Long lasting, lain like boils on likely Astray-Err:
    Tick-tock click-clock! Day by devious day
    Proceeds and the open wounds will not heal, I lay
    Out my complaint to the One whose rod returns
    Over and again to yoke me to a pandemic yearning.


    That day will yet come when my yearning
    Will be swallowed up in swift victories; strayed
    Away no longer, murmured returns nulled, laid
    On a heavenly bower, now to discern
    Earthly anguish espied from empyrean vistas.

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