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Darkness to Light – Take Two

The prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub today is to think of our words as seeds and to consider what we want to grow from what we write. I decided to share a revised version of a poem I wrote almost three years ago. I recently submitted the original version to a poetry contest, and although I did not make it into the final round I received some great feedback, so I decided to incorporate that feedback into this version.

What I hope will grow from these seeds are encouragement, hope, and faith for at least one person who is struggling today with the darkness of depression.

Darkness to Light—Take Two

Darkness surrounded me
Darkness invaded my mind
Darkness enveloped my barren soul

In the darkness
The evil one whispered
Thoughts that seemed my own
They’d be blessed without me
It would be better if I was dead

Tears drowned me
Tears flooded my mind
Tears drenched my barren soul

Through the tears
The evil one whispered
Thoughts I believed were true
I am broken beyond repair
These tears will never end

Pain ensnared me
Pain clouded my mind
Pain threatened my barren soul

Amplifying the pain
The evil one whispered
Thoughts I was powerless to deny
This pain will forever cripple me
I will never know joy

Then God’s Light
Pierced the darkness
Illuminating my soul
Revealing the sin in my mind
Proclaiming the way for me

Forgive Jesus whispered
As I’ve forgiven you
Your darkness will subside
His words are true

Then God’s Love
Dried all my tears
Infusing my soul with joy
Clarifying truth in my mind
Declaring healing for me

Live Jesus whispered
As I live in you
Your tears will be dried
His words are true

Then God’s Truth
Erased my pain
Protecting my soul
Clearing lies from my mind
Redeeming my life for me

Love Jesus whispered
As I forever love you
Your pain will be decried
His words are true

Darkness, tears, and pain
Replaced by my Savior’s
Light, Love, and Truth
Holding me forevermore
He is my Light

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Into the Darkness – A Bout Rimés Poem

The prompt today at dVerse Poets Pub is to play the game of Bout Rimés, which is to write a poem written with a list of ending rhyme words supplied today by none other than Tony Maude. It sounded fun, so I decided to give it a try. I have to admit I was a little surprised by where this list of words led me.

Into the Darkness

Into the darkness my Charger does drive
I have my little dog here by my side
Longing for a reprieve from this dark night
He said we could get there by one, he lied

In the darkness of my soul wars I wage
Wondering if we will ever be saved
This hell we are in is one I have made
I can see the fear upon his cute face

What we need most is a highly skilled nurse
Or perhaps to locate a faith-filled church
Could there be a fate we’d consider worse
Than losing the gun I’ve hid in my purse

We can only go forward, never back
In the darkness ahead, we can see that

 

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My God, My Restorer – A Pantoum

My God, my Restorer is near
When all is lost and carried away
He comes to heal by His sacrifice
When darkness surrounds my soul

When all is lost and carried away
He restores peace with His grace
When darkness surrounds my soul
He is the Light to show me the way

He restores peace with His grace
He comes to heal by His sacrifice
He is the Light to show me the way
My God, my Restorer is near

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Exile – A Mini-Ghazal

Wandering in the wilderness
exiled in darkness, I will return

Lost and lonely in a foreign land
without hope unless I will return

Like Ezra and Nehemiah I travel
towards home I press, I will return

Longing for home and security
if His name I profess I will return

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Confession – A Villanelle

Several months ago (or maybe longer) the Form for All lesson at dVerse Poets Pub was on the villanelle form. At the time is seemed too hard and so I didn’t try writing one. But my poetry knowledge and skill has come a long way since then. I’ve written triolets and pantoums, other challenging forms that are characterized by repetitive patterns.

Last week I posted my pantoum Psalm for My Savior at Broken Believers blog, and Bryan Lowe added a link to the Wikipedia article on pantoums. I clicked the link to read the article, and from there I clicked a link to an article on villanelles. As I read about this intriguing form, I decided I wanted to try it. I wrote my first one, Wedding Bells, for last Saturday in celebration of my nephew’s wedding. This poem is my second attempt on a topic that has been on my mind lately.

I decided to offer this poem for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. If you haven’t been to dVerse before, I urge you to check out all the wonderful poetry offered there.

Confession

Light shines in the darkness
Faintly I see His light
My need I will confess

Toward the light I press
Keeping hope in my sight
Light shines in the darkness

Despair my soul’s distress
Entangled in the night
My need I will confess

His grace I will profess
Giving me strength to fight
Light shines in the darkness

I feel anguish oppress
Crushing with all its might
My need I will confess

Feeling His love’s caress
Compassion burning bright
Light shines in the darkness
My need I will confess

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Do You Hear God’s Whispers in the Dark?

All last week I was listening to Skillet’s Comatose CD in my car. There is one song on this CD that I have always liked, but it wasn’t until last week that I realized how awesome the lyrics are. It’s called Whispers in the Dark. I don’t know if this is what the band intended, but I imagine this song as God singing into the soul of a lost and broken person who can’t find their own way out of the darkness of this world.

My favorite line is when it says, “My love is a burning consuming fire.” God’s love is a consuming fire that burns up all that is worthless within the heart of each person who trusts in Him. Once you trust in Him, you will never be alone. He will be the One who finds you, the One who guides you, the One you run to, and the One who holds you.

If you don’t like hard rock music you might not enjoy this song, but you can see the lyrics if you watch the video without the sound. But I just love the driving power of the music as well as the lyrics. It starts out quietly, then hits hard with the full force of the rock instruments. It reminds me of how God can start to quietly woo a person, calling them to Himself, but then once you believe He hits hard with all His love and mercy, and never lets go.

If you listen closely, you can hear His whispers in the dark night of your soul.

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Psalm for My Savior – A Pantoum

The other day I wrote a triolet and my dear blogging friend Deb, of Deb’s Blog, commented that it was very Psalm-like. It got me thinking about writing another triolet inspired by my favorite Psalm 116. But when I started writing I realized the triolet wasn’t really long enough to adequately express the subject of the Psalm-like poem I had in mind. Then I thought of the pantoum form, another of my favorites. Like the triolet, the pantoum has a set pattern of repeated lines. Both forms work wonderfully for Christian poetry. I hope you are blessed by this pantoum.

Psalm for My Savior

For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death
The anguish of death and darkness entangled me
I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!”
Praise my God, my Savior who came to my rescue

The anguish of death and darkness entangled me
My eyes filled with tears, my feet stumbled under me
Praise my God, my Savior who came to my rescue
Rescued me from my trouble, sorrow, and darkness deep

My eyes filled with tears, my feet stumbled under me
The Lord, my God, heard my cry for love and mercy
Rescued me from my trouble, sorrow, and darkness deep
Now I know His grace and mercy are mine to keep

The Lord, my God, heard my cry for love and mercy
He saw the anguished turmoil of my broken soul
Now I know His grace and mercy are mine to keep
I will forever praise His glorious name, Jesus

He saw the anguished turmoil of my broken soul
I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!”
I will forever praise His glorious name, Jesus
For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death

This Psalm was my offering over at dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night #47. Head over and check out some other great poetry.

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Hope in the Darkness – A Poem

As the winter days get shorter and colder, and darkness seems to overtake the light, I am thankful for the Light of Christ to give me hope. I am thankful for the faithfulness of God. I am thankful that He brings the sun up each morning, even if it is behind a cloud or only for a short while. I am thankful for the promise of spring and summer to follow the long dark winter, seasons in their turn without fail.

Last night as I was getting ready to bed, the idea for a poem came into my mind. Rather than hope it would still be there in the morning (as I often do), I got out my prayer notebook and wrote down the opening line and then the rest came. This poem has a bit more structure than many of my poems, with alternating 4 and 5 iambs per line and a rhyme scheme. What, you might be asking, is an “iamb”? Well, it is a two-syllable foot in poetry, where a short syllable is followed by a long syllable. I’m not sure if I got the short and long part right, but I do know I ended up with alternating 8 and 10 syllable lines.

Anyway, I hope you like my ode to God’s promise of hope and light that stands firm even in the darkness.

Hope in the Darkness

Sun sinks below the horizon
Darkness envelopes all life in my view
Each night the darkness comes sooner
Each morning the sun arises anew

This season, winter, brings darkness
It seems to engulf the light of my soul
Sometimes the darkness is deeper
And blacker than the blackest mine of coal

But winter does not last forever
Spring and summer bring sun ever near
Hope of a Light everlasting
Is all that my darkened soul needs to hear

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 (NIV).

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Outside the Darkness Is Color – A Poem

I wasn’t sure what to write today, so I decided to check out the dVerse Poets Pub writing prompt for today. The Saturday prompt has led me to a few good poems in the past, so I thought I’d give it a try again.

The prompt today is to write a poem that has something to do with color, to Play with Color. One part of Victoria’s post caught my attention: “Color depends on light, because it is made of light. In the absence of light, we do not see color.”

Outside the Darkness Is Color

Living in darkness
no color I see
a hint of deep blue
maybe red
but no, only blackness

Tears flood the darkness
trying to wash away
the blackness
to reveal the color
I know must be near

I’ve heard stories
of vibrant yellow sunshine
smiling green trees
happiness in rainbows
streaming across
a pale blue sky

But in the darkness
these colors
are but myths
draped in blackness
obscured by
the pain I feel

Then suddenly
the Light comes
dim colors
revealed to my eyes
for my heart to see

The Light
drawn by my tears
came to wash away
the blackness
tears alone
could never heal

The colors of
my world brighten
day by day
as the Light illuminates
the truth of colors
that were always
just outside the darkness

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
   the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
   Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
   have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
   a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:15-16 (NIV).

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Glimpsing Light in the Darkness – A Pantoum

This is an extra post for today in response to the challenge at dVerse Poets’ Pub. The FormForAll lesson for today was on how to write a pantoum. I don’t usually try to write poems in a specific form, and don’t even really know much about different poetic forms, but I’m learning. This form looked interesting and I read a couple of the linked poems that I really liked, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Glimpsing Light in the Darkness

Stumbling in the darkness
Searching for Your light
Perceiving despair’s caress
Filled with dread and fright

Searching for Your light
I know it must be here
Filled with dread and fright
That Your light has disappeared

I know it must be here
Overwhelmed by trepidation
That Your light has disappeared
Then I see Your demonstration

Overwhelmed by trepidation
Not flowing from above
Then I see Your demonstration
Comfort, peace, and love

Not flowing from above
Darkness enveloping me
Comfort, peace, and love
A glimpse of hope I see

Darkness enveloping me
Perceiving despair’s caress
A glimpse of hope I see
Stumbling in the darkness

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