Besieged City, a poem

lonely island
lonely island

The sea looked at me

With an ocean-deep sadness

That burned my eyes with its tears

It’s like a soul


Afraid of Paul or the gospels

The Psalms were opened upon

And they burned my heart

With their true lines of music


I meet you now with sadness

Not with age-old madness

And silence between us is silent

Because there’s too much for words

My thoughts are too complicated for words

You’re too complicated to listen


Someone told me that you can hear your own

Blood moving through your veins

Sometimes when it’s late at night

I lie just below the surface

Feeling the life in my veins

But feeling dead all the same


You didn’t ask to listen

So God is the only One who

Knows everything you didn’t care to know

I’m in a besieged city

On my lonely island

And God is the One with the love

My times are in Your hands

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Comments 12 comments

"Quill" 6 years ago

Beautiful and a blessing to be the first to arrive and read your words. I so love the way that you look deeply into all of creation, the sea is yet another example of the way we overlook things in life the Father placed there to provide for us. When we study them deeply they stir deep within us feeling that need to be expressed as you have.

Merry Christmas and His Peace be with you...

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Merry Christmas to you too! The sea is an everpresent inspiration to me. I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy it! Thank you for your kind comments!

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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon

This is your best poem yet; both the sadness and Scriptural truth resound with beauty through your words.

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks, Jane! I was inspired by Psalm 31:21 - "Blessed be the Lord, for He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city." I think an island in the middle of nowhere is kind of like a besieged city.

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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida

Love it! Good job...

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for reading!

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks, Nikkij504gurl!

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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

Very visual, and a great poem. Thanks.

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, Joshua Kell! I appreciate your support!

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

A very insightful poem Rose. Simply beautiful.

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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi carrie450, thanks so much for reading! I'm glad you liked it :)

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