What If


What if  I had to be poured

to learn I was empty?

What if I had to be crushed

to know I was cracked?

What if I had to be dazzled

to recognize blindness?

What if I  had to meet lies

to discern what was fact?

What if I had to be stripped

to know I was naked?

What if I had to hit bottom

to raise head from the sand?

What if I had to be nameless

to hear call’s refrain?

What if I had to chew garbage

to taste  good from Your hand?


Life’s trials tend to strip us down – and, once bare, we can be clothed again…

15 comments on “What If

  1. Gallivanta says:

    And the clothes will most likely be better than the original ones 🙂

  2. We never fully know who we are without experiencing things that tell us the good in our lives; beautiful poem and questions.

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    WOW, packs a good punch, Melody. On the lighter side, do you have a dog? In my dream last night, you had a dog named “Dromedy”–and the 2 of you had discovered that blue popsicles don’t make you drool!! Too good not to share… from the Caddo dream vault.

    • melodylowes says:

      Bahaha! I have 2 dogs – one old, one ‘new’. The new one definitely drools, but her name is Smudge. Your dream brain isn’t very intuitive, is it? 😀

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Hey, I woke up wondering what on earth had led to what I gave you!!

      • melodylowes says:

        🙂 My dreams often tend toward the bizarre – often incredibly detailed! Hmmm – what if we could jump into each other’s dream worlds, like the movie ‘Inception’?

      • Caddo Veil says:

        I’m unfamiliar with that movie, and not sure I’d want to be jumping into other people’s dreams–or having them join in mine: bizarre and detailed–mine too! Kind of like going through someone’s dresser drawers… But the dog and blue popsicle one was special, and G-rated! Oh, speaking of movies–have you seen “The Painted Veil”? It’s from 2006, I think–but I only watched it last night (cable). Interesting…kind of dreary, and a predictable ending–but “interesting”. It’s from a Somerset Maughm (sp?) story…

  4. What a wonderful and heavy truth the human flesh battles with~ Blessings friend ~Debbie

  5. Debbie says:

    This . .this is a classic, Melody. So good it needs to be put up somewhere .. like on a poster! God bless you!

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks Debbie! It has taken a long time for me to even begin to ‘get’ this lesson – and I have much to go to really grasp its depth – but the process of being stripped down is finally looking more like blessing and glory than punishment – and for that, I am thankful!

  6. inkonheart says:

    loved loved this!

What are your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s