Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Swallowed by His Strength

Miles of trials
and sorrow smiles
sink deep the feet
in silence speak
of eagle wing and sing
with fear-sliced heart
and trace the scar
of sacrifice
and blood-stained sheet
where hidden knife
carves hurting flesh
kneel trembling
to weep for her
and rise again
to face what may
its breadth and length
with weakness swallowed
by His strength.

"Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

NOTE: This post is part of the One Word Blog Carnival on STRENGTH. For other thoughts, visit One Word at a Time.

Copyright © 2010 by Sandra Heska King


Bridget Chumbley said...

Lovely poem, Sandra. The verses are great as well. Thanks for this!

Glynn said...

I love the image of being "swallowed by his strength."

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Powerful! Thank you!

sherri said...

Beautiful. I too, love the "swallowed by his strength" phrase that gives me a comforting visual.

Monica Sharman said...

Oh, that is powerful. The "miles of trials"...

and this, too:

"in silence speak
of eagle wing and sing
with fear-sliced heart"

Fatha Frank said...

Beautiful. Poetry is not my thing, but I really enjoyed this.

Dusty Rayburn said...

Thank you for sharing the poem and verses.

Each time I read through the poem, something new jumps out at me...

Very powerful.

katdish said...

Dang, Sandy. Ditto what Frank said.

n. davis rosback said...

well done.

it truly is His strength.

jasonS said...

This is great. Deep subject but felt like a cool breeze (if that makes any sense). Thanks Sandra.

S. Etole said...

I'd like to absorb that one for awhile ... the full strength of all He's done.

Maureen said...

This has a nice rhythm and rhyme. There's a lot of hurting in the imagery and then, as you say, His strength.

M.L. Gallagher said...

Swallowed by his strength.

amazing words and poem.

Amazing strength.

Sandra Heska King said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I appreciate your comments more than you know.

Anne Lang Bundy said...

I'm being very un-original here, but that "weakness swallowed by strength" really resonated with me too.

JC Dude said...

Vivid and powerful! Thanks for sharing.

Nithin R S said...

Nice poetry.We face trials all along in this journey called life.

L.L. Barkat said...

I love the idea of a sorrow smile. It's my kind of thing.

caryjo said...

Talk about creating a thought-filled poem! I've read it and read it and read it again and see something differently each time.

Sandra Heska King said...

Ya'll are so encouraging. Thanks!

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