Poem #10: Quicksand

Across the vast desert you were walking

Suddenly, you found yourself sinking

You did not pay attention to the warning

You did not look where you were going


You were slowly engulfed every hour

You seemed so puny to its power

The harder you fight, the faster you sink

Alarm and confused, you couldn’t think


So many people have offered to assist

But you shunned and told them to desist

Because they love you, they still insisted

Because you’re haughty, you still resisted


Your heart was filled with guilt and pride

Because by the rules you did not abide

You are aware you didn’t follow the sign

Your feet did not walk along a straight line


Convinced yourself you could do this thing

But to fly out of there, you had no wing

For a moment, you stopped your struggling

You told yourself that this was your ending


But a Familiar Stranger hit you on the head

He called out to you, and this is what he said:

“Believe me I know what you’re going through

Back when I was young, I’ve been there, too


Full trust in Jehovah is what you must start

And know that God is greater than your heart

He knows all things you’re said and done

He can make your transgressions be gone


But if you don’t ask, how can He do so?

If not to Him, where else can you go?

If you don’t talk to Him, can there be trust?

Genuine repentance is also a must


Now I cannot pull you for I’m only a man

Jehovah is the only person who can

But you need to pull yourself up, too

And leave all traces of quicksand behind you.”


To this Familiar Stranger, my thanks I express

Because of his words, I’m no longer depressed

What has once burned out, I rekindled the flame

Jehovah’s approval I now strive to regain


– MJP (October 31, 2009)


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