“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This I Believe*


I do not know how
I will manage to endure,
but I trust I shall.

I tap into roots
spiritual and grounded.
My center will hold.

Faith in renewal
anchors my spirit in hope
my life will be blessed.



Judy at Peace Be With You said...

"This I Believe" is the next-to-last poem of my book, Peace on the Journey. The book's first poem is titled "I Want to Believe," presented below.

I Want to Believe
Life is a blessing.
Joy reigns as a birthright gift.
Gentleness is mine.

Discord and sorrow
oppressive and enduring
can be overcome.

Love will seek a way
to salve even the deepest
open wounds of loss.

The two poems represent the starting and ending points of the journey I have lived and wanted to express through poetry.

In my daily life, I often find myself reciting one or both of these poems, depending on which is most fitting. The first, "I Want to Believe," I tend to use when my belief about whether life can be good is tested. Today's poem represents the strength and conviction I have gained through experiencing the trials of chronic illness and other significant life stress. Today's "This I Believe" is a reassurance to myself that I am strong, that I have resources I can tap, and that renewal is a powerful force.

Muffie said...

I love both of these poems! I often read your poetry as a starting point for meditation. In the brevity I find volumes!

Robert Parker said...

Indeed: Amen and amen!

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Muff, I'm so flattered that you often use my poetry for your meditation. I do, too.

Robert, Amen!

Now, I hope you will not be disappointed when I lose hope and confidence and write about that, too. It is all part of my real-life reality with this disease.