Creative Work

Pray for the Poet

Bridget Holmstrom

Think a moment to yourself
before you hear these rhymes.
What are poems written of
one too many times?

Depression and anxiety
are commonly expressed.
Pure thoughts of hate and sadness
are oftentimes addressed.

Their deepest fears and sorrows
the authors once could hide.
Expressed in poems, they’re made known
from very deep inside.

Often we are lonely
when we write of our distress.
Poetry can help to show
what people must express.

Happiness makes you smile; sorrow can crush you.
Proverbs 15:13 (CEV)

If a poem’s words appear
as dismal as the rain,
you can guess the author feels
a deep, abiding pain.

So when you read a poem
whose author hints dismay,
take a moment, please, my friend
to sit back, think, and pray.


JOURNAL: Write a poem about your sorrow. Then write a poem that expresses your joy. And as you read these or other poems, remember to pray for the poet.


—from devozine (November/December 2000). Copyright © 2000 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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