Tender child, a rose-in-waiting,
embryonic heart translating
innocence to jaded earth,
poetry before her birth.
Inscription to Evil
Your eyes perceived the offering –
ripe suckling pig offered on ego’s altar.
Fangs tore flesh, and cud was
savoured. Voiceless, innocence burned;
Betrayer invoked betrayal,
tearing fragility whisper-thin.
Blows descending, betrayed shrank into a pit
shame-thick and denial-sunk. Sneering talons clawed
soul. Comatose, Heart beat on.
Shame bled dark on a soul-stain as tearless face
silently screamed. Hope of healing ripped raw the ooze;
Endangered, You clutched the more. Friend
kissed betrayal, marrying decay to heart-stir;
Agony poured fire into fatal wounds.
Battered, Heart beat on.
Soul stirred to staunch the flow
but band-aids bled away. Exhausted, Heart
cried to Healer; Wounded hands
leaked Love! You perceived and trembled,
lost footing, unleashed hell-fury, unwilling to
surrender your masterpiece.
Heart, circulating a blood not its own,
Quivered on feet of glass.
Rage-screamed, You roared your hate-stench
but wounded hands held fast.
life-blood bled into Heart.
Glass feet glowed, diamond-studded in refining blaze.
Heart beat – IthinkIcan, IthinkIcan.
Flying, weightless, treading the wings of the dawn,
Heart discarded crutch. Leaped. Danced.
Alive, Heart exhaled, inhaled, filled lungs with sweetness.
And words, flaking off like scales,
indelibly penned Inscription to Evil,
covering scars with skin.
Exactly one year ago today, I posted this poem, my first on this blog which did not start out poetic! It would take several months before I claimed the title of poet. More than 880 poems in the 365 days following this initial offering. I am honoured and humbled by the encouraging response and support of my blogging community, and honoured and humbled that God has blessed me with this gift – what a sweet surprise it has been to see it unveiled, to learn the joy and release of expressing my thoughts in this new form. Today is a day to celebrate – the Voice I lost so long ago has been found, restored, and unleashed! The power of this miracle takes my breath away…