A poem for a world of brokenness

A poem for a world of brokenness

Trina Arnold offers a poem reflecting her struggle to make sense of all that is going on around our world right now. She suggested it might be accompanied by a picture of burning candles, and we could think of no better photograph than the one Bramwell Ryan took of the prayer candles burning in the little chapel after Sunday evening worship.

“What does it look like to say no more?

lifetimes of dreams and simple pleasures

are zipped up and hidden away

or forced to travel a road

behind fences that never end

guarded by fear masquerading as our only choice

i clicked my heels together three times 

wishing we could go back

but flowers and burning candles

are relentless in their pursuit of tomorrow

they’re scattering salt and sand

to stop us from slipping

as the last of their petals wilt and 

their lights flicker out

I’ll remember the lifetimes of dreams and simple pleasures

zipped up and hidden away

i promise.

just please, let’s remember to trust

shake the dust off our hope

and wrap it around the fears

take a cautious silent step forward

toward the end of that fence

it will shake the earth beneath us all

and create choices we couldn’t imagine

take a breath into your full lungs

let your heart beat wild with possibilities

yes, we’re alive. here. now.

what does it look like to say no more?

well i suppose that is up to me, and to you.

here. now.”

2 Responses to A poem for a world of brokenness

  1. Don Dyck says:

    Powerful poetry! So full of Hope! Thanks!

  2. Aisha Entz says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of poetry! And to remember to choose hope and life during this tumultuous time in our world.

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