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Time Twister

Happiness, so the ancient proverb goes, does not notice the passing of time,
Meanwhile, we oscillate between frantic schedules and boredom today,
Weighing those tragic instances when the world seems to stop in the present,
Or when hours fly quickly by in dreams and morph their way into tomorrow.
They say time heals even though persistent memories melt into our future,
So that the seconds drag on to fade and contort our yesterday.

Wake up, dreamer; the end is closer today than yesterday!
The day is running soft resembling fine cheese primed in the heat of time,
No matter how many hours we’ve known, we are captives of the future,
Such that the past flows through our hands so fluidly today,
As if we could mold each moment into the outer rind of tomorrow.
Alas, there is no time like the present!

Now, there is this One who stands above time to see past and future as present.
Our days on earth are transient shadows; were we born but yesterday?
Considering each day has its own trouble, why do we worry about tomorrow?
Even now, God makes everything beautiful in its own time,
Patiently swinging the absolute pendulum of today,
While dwelling perfectly in the realm of eternity’s future.

Finding divine wisdom will lead to a bright future,
Because wisdom is not just an ideal, but a Person fully present.
Do you really believe future generations will remember what you do today
Or that your soul will be contained in the sand-filled glass of yesterday?
Only fools idle away their time
And boast on what they will do tomorrow.

For which of us can say what will really happen tomorrow?
Only God can speak into your future
Because He is Spirit; in no way constrained by space and time.
By the power of His word, He upholds our very universe at present,
And to Him, a thousand years are as yesterday.
God is the Alpha and Omega tomorrow and today.

Because the Lord has an eternal purpose for today,
There is joy in knowing He changes not – this day or tomorrow.
Just as sure as this poem began with the end yesterday,
The Messiah will re-invade history in the future.
Will you be ready, will you be present?
There is a new dawn that follows this long night of Time.

His manifold grace is the same yesterday and today –
Truth stands the test of time, while lies get exposed tomorrow –
Is your hope for the future present?

Poetry Type: Sestina

The first sestina I wrote can be found here. This is the second.

This poem was inspired by a challenge at Amy Leigh Cutler’s blog. She suggested to use Salvidor Dali’s painting on “The Persistence of Memory” as a sestina writing prompt.

Both graphics courtesy of www.heartlight.org

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I AM

I once questioned each step along the way
While longing to uncover paths of truth;
Thus pondering the meaning of my life,
And venturing through ev’ry open door.
For stolen water’s sweet with secret bread,
As if fondling the darkness for true light.

Night as heavy as a feather is light,
So desolate I felt destruction’s way.
When nimbly kneading at Nietzche’s bread,
Believing I had tasted of the truth,
With hardened heart, I safely locked the door,
Yet woke to find no purpose for my life.

What would it take for me to come to life
And experience truth lived in the light?
Ego loves to place blame outside the door,
Yet my conscience ached for a better way.
Absolute about a relative truth,
Rejecting the One who buttered my bread.

Now, nothing satisfies like heaven’s bread;
Food which sustains us to eternal life.
Praise God I did awaken to His truth,
And step into the wisest realm of light.
The only way is The Good Shepherd’s way,
All answers found through Resurrection’s door.

While death and suffering knock at our door,
Our Creator beckons us to break bread.
Calling us to a new and living way,
Offering us love and the tree of life.
With peace and love shall ever shine His truth.

In Christ, “know thy self” is a simple truth.
We humbly hear the voice of heaven’s door
And choose to follow Him as heirs of light.
Partaking of His Word, our daily bread;
Enduring to obtain the crown of life,
We gladly lean on Him to guide the way.

I am the Way, Jesus said, and the Truth
I am the Life, the only righteous Door.
Your daily Bread, the Vine, the one true Light.

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 (AMP)
 

Poetry Type: Sestina

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Graphic source:  Heartlight

Note:  Line #30 of this poem is a paraphrase from  Milton’s poem On Time.

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