altar of alterations

Change is the certainty of life —

we (un)certainly hold choice in our hands:

to fear strangeness of change,


to face love’s changing challenge;

to hide from (unfamiliar) monsters


to seek soul (familiar) opportunities

to shrink


to grow!

As we embrace each (minor) moment’s exchange,
we may become (major) catalysts for change:

watch butterflies emerge

encourage spirit’s surge

relieve evil’s scourge.

One must learn to trust the unchangeable One

who forms life

transforms change

conforms us

until his perfect (and perfecting) will be done.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bodhirose
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 14:16:45

    Easier said than done…well, in my case anyway. 🙂 Some changes in my life have rattled me to my core! My trust has been rattled too…


  2. Glenn Buttkus
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 13:01:12

    For me change has always been an adversary, from sagging aging muscles, to time zones, to seasons–from my wife’s moving of the furniture, to new policies, to new friends–& yet, how leaden-eyed dull would life be without it?


  3. Mary
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 12:09:28

    Yes, trusting is key!


  4. katiemiafrederick
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 11:50:47

    Ah sister Lynn Friend..
    square in the
    middle and you
    take away my
    breath with
    own unique
    style of poeTry
    however i must
    say.. yes i have
    no choice but
    change and to
    say that the
    told to humankind
    is that GOD does
    not change..
    are reflections
    of that my friend..;)


  5. claudia
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 08:55:38

    change def. comes much easier when we stand on a solid foundation – we can not be shaken so easily then by the insecure nature of change..nicely penned


  6. jaerose37
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 07:44:24

    Change is a certainty of life is a refreshing thought for me – I had always assumed the opposite…i love both the format and the message of this poem…


  7. scotthastiepoet
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 03:26:56

    You are right with the title of this Lynn, because essentially this is a delicately woven spiritual piece – which carries depth with it lightly too, just like your butterfly… Lovely… With Best Wishes Scott


  8. Sanaa Rizvi
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 02:37:10

    watch butterflies emerge
    encourage spirit’s surge
    relieve evil’s scourge.

    This is such an uplifting poem.. loved the lines above so much 🙂
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,


  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 23:24:06

    can we do anything else than to live in trust? Well written


  10. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 20:48:21

    to fear strangeness of change,or
    to face love’s changing challenge;

    While change is a constant one is still accorded the privilege of choices. This can happen when love is involved! Very true Lynn, in many instances



  11. Polly
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 20:23:42

    Cool wordplay 🙂


  12. Grace
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 18:35:03

    Love the title, bold words & deep message specially of the last 5 lines ~ Very skillfully laid out on the page, Lynn ~


  13. Dolly Lee (@SoulStops)
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 23:08:31

    This spoke to me: “One must learn to trust the unchangeable One”…an ongoing process for me. Thanks for sharing your poem.


  14. ManicDdaily
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 05:53:16

    Yes, this really describes a skillful approach to all of this! Not so easily achieved! Thanks, k.


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