I came up with this one during my many recent visits to doctor’s waiting rooms.
The Light Beyond the Window
The light beyond the window shines
Into this murky room
Sparing me the horror
Of life in utter gloom
It dances on the floorboards
And sparkles on the tiles
Lifting me onto my feet
To go that extra mile
Without it I could never see
The beauty on display
In flowers, trees, in birds and beasts,
In life that finds a way.
I press against the window
And shield my eyes to view
The source of this great radiance:
So pure, so bright, so true.
Defining and uplifting all
To be their greatest selves,
With courage to keep going
And eagerness to delve
Into the noblest mysteries
Of being, thought and deed;
Not shirking from the questions
Of our lives’ deepest need
For meaning, purpose, value, hope,
When all arounds seems lost;
What core thing we should cling to
When all else must be tossed
The fortitude to see it through
And keep our solemn vow
Ensnaring vanities avoid
Until we humbly bow
Before the throne of judgment
When our works show their worth,
And our heads will lift to see
New heaven and new earth.
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Today is my wedding anniversary. Here is this year’s poem:
How did I deserve to know?
How did I deserve to know
A girl that’s so good for my soul,
With wisdom, passion, kindness, love
That I am so unworthy of?
It’s such a joy to wipe your tears,
Discuss your thoughts, your hopes, your fears,
For these eventful, treasured years
That we have been as one.
So with His strength and with His heart
Until it’s our time to depart
We reinforce these bonds of love
That fit us better than a glove,
To face the world and all its whims,
To cleanse our hearts of all their sins
And teach our children to become
Strong enough to overcome
The storms that surely will one day
Sweep across their narrow way
To purify them to their core
As they prepare for evermore.