Sunday, August 3, 2014

Prayer for the unsteady

To stay stable at sea they say
you must look to the horizon.

But I am tossed,
jerked from agony to torture
anguish to fear! Fear!
I cannot silence the screaming in my ears!
Cannot catch my thoughts to pin them.
Devoured from without,
Erupting within,
Chest aching,
breath shallow,
eyes darting every way

Steady my gaze
Fix my eyes

on you.

sar 2014

1 comment:

  1. I can't help thinking of Oscar Wilde...

    COME down, O Christ, and help me! reach thy hand,
    For I am drowning in a stormier sea
    Than Simon on thy lake of Galilee:
    The wine of life is spilt upon the sand,
    My heart is as some famine-murdered land, 5
    Whence all good things have perished utterly,
    And well I know my soul in Hell must lie
    If I this night before God’s throne should stand.
    “He sleeps perchance, or rideth to the chase,
    Like Baal, when his prophets howled that name 10
    From morn to noon on Carmel’s smitten height.”
    Nay, peace, I shall behold before the night,
    The feet of brass, the robe more white than flame,
    The wounded hands, the weary human face.