Steps to Forever: A Poem

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If I could turn you inside out,


And erase all of your fear and doubt,


I know beauty would shine forth like exquisite flowers,


Petals spread like wings while skies pour nourishing showers,


Angelic features outline your soul when masks hit the broken earth,


God envelopes your heart in a golden embrace, giving way to new birth,


The power of the human touch can transfer emotions hidden deep within,


But it’s impossible for finite love to cover rebellious spirits and filthy, selfish sin,


Who created you with brilliant accuracy? Every cell was uniquely crafted by His hand,


A purpose set inside your heart, a story of romance and adventure were all a part of His plan,


Desires multiply, giving birth to dreams too lofty to reach, with only human’s lowly will and strength,


God sent His Son to this cruel world, perverted from His original plan, from Heaven to Earth, He traveled a great length,


Agape love came in the form of human flesh, Jesus lived to show a righteous life, then died to save us from sin’s payment due,


Displaying God’s glorious power, He breathed life again, showing all humanity that He is truly the only way to be birthed anew,


Departing to return to heaven’s heights, but leaving behind a command, to spread His message of grace to every nation, tongue, and land,


Soon after, his disciples were happy to greet and be filled with the Holy Spirit, starting a hope revolution, truth battling against time like sand,


God sits on His throne, ruling with wisdom and mercy, and Jesus, on His right side, on the edge of his chair, just waiting for the Father’s indicating word,


“It’s time to take them home,” He’ll say. Then the mighty warrior will bridle his white horse, signaling the beginning of eternity, after every nation’s heard,


So, your visage is merely a weary cage to travel winding roads of temporary wars, though someday your body will be turned inside out, your perfect soul will shine,


Forever is grasped in moments of joy and peace, a hint of what’s to come, but nothing can compare to forever with the Creator and Sustainer, a pleasure surely divine.


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4 years ago

Voted up!!! Excellent sentiment!!!

Interesting to see rhyming verse that uses very long lines; often, rhyming verse is much shorter.

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you, f! I wanted each line to be a little bit longer so it would create a visual aspect within the poem.


4 years ago

Oh I see! Very good! I think the presence of Hubpages commercials obscured my initial impresssion, but, yes, it's effective from the visual point of view, too!

(A bit like e.e.cummings ... )

Bessings.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Great poem. Thanks for sharing.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Thelma! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


4 years ago

Thelma: Ebower's a good writer, isn't she? some challenging thoughts about God, as well.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

You've managed to paint the picture of redemption from the birth of Jesus to eternity glory with Him. Nicely done.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for your kind words, anglnwu. I hope it glorifies Him and touches others' hearts.


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blondey 4 years ago

You are great,Ebower! Bless you

I love these lines:

So, your visage is merely a weary cage to travel winding roads of temporary wars, though someday your body will be turned inside out, your perfect soul will shine,

Forever is grasped in moments of joy and peace, a hint of what’s to come, but nothing can compare to forever with the Creator and Sustainer, a pleasure surely divine.

temporary wars---yes temporary , what hope it brings to know that this life and all its hills is TEMPORARY.

"a hint of what's to come"....nice

Forever with the Creator.....oh yes. T'will be truly divine, thanks for the reminder!!!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks so much for appreciating my poem! May God bless you; your encouraging comment has blessed me.

Temporary: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18


4 years ago

Romans 8 is such a stirring passage, isn't it? In faith, the prospect of glory puts everything else in perspective.


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blondey 4 years ago

thanks again! Have a great night!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: Romans 8 is seriously one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible. Well said, my friend.

blondey: You are very welcome! Have a lovely night as well. :)


4 years ago

Mine, too. Paul in Romans 8 develops, step by step, an irrefutable, compelling argument, to be received by faith. Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Amen, f; Amen.


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Maggie-May 4 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Amen, this is a very thoughtful piece..very nice!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Maggie-May! I appreciate your comment and I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


jami l. pereira 4 years ago

Beautiful , beautifully written ,and so very beautiful , i loved this and i voted it up all the way across the board except funny , have a wonderful evening:)


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, jami! I really appreciate you reading and voting. I hope you have a lovely evening as well. :)


4 years ago

So have you tried writing any more long rhyme poetry?

Good to see you back; I guess you've been busy for the past week, because I don't think you've been on here much.

Hope the work thing is proceeding well.

(Plugs okay, too?)

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I've written a poem recently that I guess you could consider long rhyme poetry as well (I'm saving it for a Hubpages writing contest; will hopefully post it soon). I have been pretty busy with tutoring and that has kept me from writing and staying on Hubpages. Tutoring is going well so far; I'm still learning a lot about my job right now. I'm not sure what you mean about the plugs; haha. I still have them and they are the same size. It's good to hear from you also, f.


4 years ago

It will be interesting to read eventually, I'm sure.

Sounds like you are now really, very much involved with the tutoring, which is what you wanted, right, after a period when you were looking for work.

(Sounds, then, like you're currently satisfied with the 2gs, and with the same plugs in; no upgrades/enlargements contemplated/aspired to.)

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I hope so.

Yes, it is very nice to have a job and to have some money coming in. I have 6 high school students I'm in charge of right now, so I spend my time studying and instructing them.

Yes, I'm fine with staying at this size; perhaps for a long time.


4 years ago

Great, so you've gotten several students, which is good. Like you say, good to have the greenbacks coming in, as well. I know the feeling. Sounds like you're now well on the road to a more 'normal' work routine, if there is such a thing... (Re. gauges, 'perhaps for a long time' means NEVER go to Og, or maybe you'd like to keep your options open to do it one day?)

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I don't know about 'normal' (haha), but I know what you mean. :) 0g would be too large for me; I'm not sure that I'll go any larger. I just don't like to use the word 'never', because I can't predict the future.


4 years ago

Anyway, stretchings usually go up 2g at a time, don't they.

Depends, I guess whether you at all like the 0g look, or, at some level of other, theoretically aspire to it, really, right? but I know exactly what you mean about not predicting the future.

Glad the tutoring work is going okay, anyhow.

Blessings.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I LOVE IT! Voted-Beautiful!!!!


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

f: Yes, that is the interval between them. I think that would be too large for me personally.

Thanks; me too.

drpastorcarlotta: Thank you so much for voting! I appreciate your kind comment. :)


4 years ago

Yes, well, with gaugings, ppl have all sorts of different preferences, don't they. Some don't like the look of any gauges, period. others like the look of gauges but won't get any. Others like down to 4g or 2g, but don't like Og or 00g. Others do like the look of 0g but don't have the wish or confidence to go there. (Not sure which category you would be in, but anyway.)

Great poem, anyway; and sounds like the students are keeping you busy, too, with your new tutoring work, though you've been doing it a while now, I guess.

Blessings.


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Ebower 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I think, in my case, it's not a matter of confidence but of preference. Thank you; they have definitely been keeping me busy, but I've only been tutoring for two weeks.


4 years ago

I see; you don't even like the look of 0g. Fine.

Blessings.


4 years ago

Looking at this again, it reminds me of the account of Jacob in Genesis, the vision of the ladder to heaven.

Hope the tutoring is going well these days. I think that with this sort of job, the early stages of doing preparation can sometimes be time consuming, but once the person has gotten into the swing of the work, sometimes the need for repetitive preparation is no longer needed to the same extent.

Re. 'I'm not sure that I'll go any larger. I just don't like to use the word 'never', because I can't predict the future.' Well, you never know; one day you might just want to do it.


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gingerka 3 years ago from Colorado

There is a lot of great information about salvation in your poem. Until then. I Peter 1:13


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Ebower 3 years ago from Georgia Author

ginerka: Thank you. That's a really good verse; thanks for sharing!

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