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Out of the Shadows: Poem

Updated on January 24, 2013
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Bronwen loves to enjoy literature and write poetry; some are in her book, 'Dithyrambles', available in her online bookstore.

St. Mary the Virgin, Sunbury
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Peace comes slowly like silence after rain,

Seeping unawares into numbness after pain:

Pain, which came and gripped like a nightmare in the night,

Shook and choked my world with an overwhelming fright.


My icy heart spread frozen claws that clutched my stomach weak.

I wept until my tears were spent, but still the world looked bleak.

I cried aloud in agony; like Christ upon the cross

God had forsaken me; my very soul was dross.

The warmth of His sunshine enfolding my soul,

And I knew for a certainty that His peace

And quiet joy, passing underneath,

Was God's own benediction, which will never cease.

I knew that He was there, and groped through mists of pain,

But, no matter how I prayed, and prayed again,

God, You would not answer me! I was left

Empty, alone, completely shattered and bereft.


Hands came, on the edge of mist, and tried to comfort.

I could not comprehend. Came, and went again, rebuffed

By my unresponsiveness, and tears I could not control,

Left me in my frozen vacuum, where no-one could console.


Until, at last, in His wisdom and time, God sent

His Holy Comforter, to strengthen, wherever I went

And as I took up the threads of life again, as I must,

The veil slipped slowly way, unnoticed, and just


As slowly, I prayed again, and felt God near.

Listening in the silence, my quietened heart could hear

His voice speaking and strengthening. As I meekly knelt,

He led me out of the shadows, so gently, I felt



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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Rina Pinto: What lovely, encouraging comments! Thank you so much for your insights - and ''Til we meet, 'til we meet, at Jesus' feet, God be with you 'til we meet again!'

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      Rina Pinto 4 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      Hello BlossomSB, .. Fantastic .. may we always learn to dwell under the shadow of the Almighty Wings!.. Our Help comes from the Holy Hill and He never fails us although He allows us to remain in that situation for a while - its a training ground for us .. so we must just Thank the Lord and Praise Him for every circumstance tossed in our way .. Jesus can alone calm the storms in our lives that come our way. God Bless you Blossom and may He always Keep you.. Till then .. we meet in Heaven .. our Rock of all Ages - The Endless one our Creator!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      BeyondMax: Thank you! How lovely that you came and shared it with me. I do hope that you and yours are safe today with those storms we've been hearing about.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Such a heartfelt, emotional, sorrowful poem, beautifully written! I can feel it in my heart and soul, very expressive!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      stars439: Thank you for reading my poem and sharing with me. May God bless you, too.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Beautiful poem, and beyond words . God Bless You.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dr Cil, God bless you. Thank you for visiting and I'm glad.

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      Dr Cil 5 years ago

      Blossom SB, This poem was absolutly beautiful and inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      heart4theword: Thank you. I wish you a happy and holy Easter.

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      heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

      Great poem, thank you for sharing your creative words:)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      stars439: Yes, they are so precious, although we may not always say so. Thank you for your lovely comments and God bless you, too.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Beautiful work. And God Bless You, and your Precious Loved Ones.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mours sshields: Thank you for visiting my hubs again. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem and pictures.

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Great poem and pictures!!

      Marcia Ours

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      tobusiness: Thank you for your comments. In this mad whirl of a world, moments of quiet and peacefulness are rare, but so much appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I'm not a religious person, but I enjoyed this. Voting up and beautiful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      savanahl: Even after deep sadness, life goes on and God is so great at lifting us out of those shadows. Thank you for your lovely comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dbro: It's such a comforting thought, isn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What an incredible poem. There's so much life in your words. It's absolutely beautiful.

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      Dbro 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Thank you for sharing this inspirational poem with us, BloosomSB. What a lovely reminder that we are never alone.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      schoolgirlforreal: Thank you for your encouraging comments. Words can be so expressive and our English language often has so many choices.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Victoria Lynn: So many women have experienced this I wanted to share about it, although it happened a long time ago now. Thank you for your vote.

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      schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful so well spoken about God and our relationship and perseverance and the Holy Spirit; nice choice of vocablulary!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lovely. Expresses feelings so many of us have experienced. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      twentyfive: Thank you for your lovely comment. It's good to be friends.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      What a beautiful, heartfelt and uplifting poem. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Kamalesh050: Thank you for visiting. I enjoyed your story about the kittens, too.

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Very Beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing. Voted Up.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      tillsontitan: Thank you for your lovely comments and for sharing. 'In His own way and His own time' is so true and God's timing is always perfect.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      What a beautiful, holy, religious poem! It shows the depths we can sometimes sink to but also that our faith will see us through! God answers all prayers, in His own way and His own time. Voted up, beautiful and SHARED.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      savanahl: Thank you. I'm glad to be one of your followers, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      donnaisabella: This comment has popped up as unanswered - again. I think there must be gremlins in the system, but it' lovely to hear from you anyway and thanks again for your help with the 'housekeeping' items - I'm still working on them and slowly learning my way around. One day!

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What a beautiful poem with such vivid imagery. You write beautifully.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      donnaisabella: I agree with you. Sometimes we feel that God has gone away when we have big issues. Even Jesus on the cross called out, "Why have you forsaken me?" But in reality He is there all the time, sharing with us in our pain.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Capedium: Yes, listening is so important. So glad you liked my poem.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Movie Master: Thank you for your lovely comment and your vote.

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Hey Ms Blossom, I left a comment on this hub and I keep wondering if one window closed and another opened so that I wrote this on a hub different from the one I intended. I must have had a very peculiar but clear perception of what was happening in the poem, now I cannot relate. But this was a very touching poem too about getting close to God after being through difficulty.

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      This is so beautiful.. He never leaves us, even when we loose or about to loose hope and if we take a little leap of faith a very little lip of faith, and pray a little more we will see that He loves us and He has even answer us even before we pray.. He just wants us to listen to His voice and believe.. Thanks BlossomSB.. I love this Hub

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Absolutely beautiful Blossom, thank you for sharing.

      Voting up, best wishes Lesley

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: Thank you. God sends His Comforter just when we need it, but sometimes we forget to ask and need a reminder.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sky9106: That is so true, even if we get busy and forget about God He never forgets us. How blessed we are.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      flashmakeit: How lovely! I'd like to be good at writing poetry - working on it!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      anndavis25: Truly awesome. Yesterday I had to do something that I found very stressful and it was so great to know that He was with me all the way. Blessings.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Writer20: Joyce, thank you for your comment and vote, that is very kind.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: What a lovely comment, thank you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: I love Susan Boyle's voice and the way she sings. Thank you for your thoughts. God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Wddy, you're wonderful how you're always there with lovely, encouraging comments. I hope you've been having a great day, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Michell Travis: I think poetry is such a useful medium to use for expressing our feelings.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lady Lyell: Thank your for your comments and vote.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      donnaisabella: Thank you for sharing your sadness with me. I feel for you and your sister and how devastating that must have been. Although the threads of life are picked up again, it is an experience that never really goes away.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is very beautiful and uplifts the spirit in a comforting way..Thank you Blossom..Cheers

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Beautiful and I know that they are truthful words. It's great to read these beautiful words and I thank you for sharing, it shall be as well with you as long as you have spoken to him about it, you must always hear his voice speaking to you also , he always answers. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

      Bless .

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Absolute beautiful and thank you for writing an awesome poem. You are very good at writing poetry.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Yes, prayer does bring comfort to the soul. What an awesome God.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You have written such a beautiful poem Blossom. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Blossom this was so good.. best hub I read today..so far :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      BEautiful poem. It remnds me of Susan Boyle's latest CD title song. Lovely thoughts about God's presence in our life. He is always with us!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful words Blossom and here's to so many more to share.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Lovely poetry. Voted for a thumbs up! Thank you for sharing this.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      What a beautiful poem and thank you for sharing!

      Voted beautiful!

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Hey Ms BlossomSB, I can identify with the feelings of this woman. Having been that way myself, I know how dreadful it feels and can be. It happened to me twice and each time it was different, but pain can be numbing. My elder sister who had premature twins that died minutes after their delivery shared her profound pain and how God touched her with me during my period of bleakness. She helped me lift up my head and know that God is always near to comfort and console. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt poem. Stay blessed.