Thursday, October 21, 2010

Scandalous Blaze

When dark night settles heavy,
Hope pregnant with delay,
Holy angels come to gather
Those fallen to the sway,
Of self-love seduction,
And find,
A little faith sustained.

A happy flicker, faint at first,
One virgin wick just catching flame;
Bends low among the rushes,
Yields strong to winds of change;
When all around just ashes,
A remnant burn remains.

Such burning ones bleed,
Drip oil of Majesty,
Limp broken by their need,
Track heaven-scent along the street,
And sing to the wounded,
Love songs...

...A costly perfume,
For those who stand on the outside looking in,
Where stained-glass-window seats,
Shutter, shake,
And silver-tipped steeples,
Teeter, break,
And well-behaved worshipers,
Scatter, scathed,
Bathe long in after-glow of former glory...

And those seeking to know as they are known,
Turn faces full to welcome sun and fire's purge and race's run,
Rising up to lay-me-down, prostrate,
And willing to kiss both cheeks soft good-bye,
In final sacrifice,
Only after swallowing up the night,
In scandalous blaze...

...of glory.

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
~ Isaiah 60:1,2 

My inspiration for writing these lines came in the reading of Charissa Steyn's blog-post  yesterday at Everyday Adventures:  Be Like Happy (Click to read.)

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Photo Credit:  flickr - Ben Britten
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. As taken from Bible Gateway.


  1. This is sooo beautful...I love how my post inspired you. God is so awesome! I pray that lots of people are blessed by this!

  2. Yields strong to winds of change;
    When all around just ashes,
    A remnant burn remains.

    melissa... this is one of the most beautiful poems i've read in a long time. what glory you give him in your prose... well done, girl. xo

  3. It is wonderful to experience the unique qualities of us as God's children carry; and when we come together, He is made known in even more beautiful and creative ways--this is The Body! Both of you(Charissa and Emily) have touched my heart by your writing, and spurred me on--sometimes its like squeezing water from a rock. :) I am glad to give Him the glory! Blessings!

  4. Absolutely word art...beautiful!
    Thanks you for your kind comments over at my place.

  5. Thank you, Elizabeth! Blessings to you and your blog followers. :)


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