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My response to a favorite poem
By: Jack Severens

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what
you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's
longing.

I ache for security. Deep, total, safe, comfy as an L.L. Bean flannel,
safety & security that can only be found in family.
Do I dare to meet my hearts longing? Yes. Or else I wouldn't keep
falling in love. It's hard to & I have often gotten lost along the
path but I still persevere.

 It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will
risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure
of being alive.

I will gladly look like a fool for love & have been known to. I am
constantly amused at myself & my ability to throw rationality to the
wind & sing with full voice & silly melody just because its fun.


 It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to
know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have
been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain,
mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I have touched the center of my own sorrow. I have seen the lowest
lows & will surely see them again. They mold me & shape me for what I
am today. I have learned much from the trials Ive been through & I am
eternally grateful. I don't know if I can sit with my or your pain
without moving... but I love the idea & though I don't look forward to
the day I will embrace it.

 I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can
dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic,
to remember the limitations of being human.

I can, yet I often get caught up & either go too far or realize I
might be misunderstood & abruptly stop. I vow to work on opening this
area of my life.

 It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I
want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if
you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul;
if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.

YES. Sometimes I'm a little slow on the uptake & I'm always a little
scared of the truth but I respect it & apreciate it.

 I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every
day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.


I can see beauty when its not pretty and I need to do this so much more often.

 I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and
still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the
full moon, "Yes!"

Might take me a few days but I always have managed to pick myself up
by the bootstraps, dust myself off & find victory.

 It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you
have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and
despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

I surprise myself with this one. Yes. The children come first. Even in
the worst of times I can keep it together for them.

 It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I
want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and
not shrink back.

Yes. Once committed I am "all in" & I will not threaten to leave until
I'm already gone.

 It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I
want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls
away.

I am sustained by God, Gods word, prayer, church, Bible study. When
all else fails, when my encouraging friends feel shallow to me, I am
lifted up by Jesus & can face another day with the strength I get from
him.

 I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly
like the company you keep in the empty moments.

I can be alone with myself & have found that I love my own company in
the emptiest moments when for many years I thought I couldn't handle
being alone at all.

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