quiet word

How to give thanks with chaos in the world, breakdown in the family? Death and violence, divorce and mental illness, “us against them” polarization… good humor is hard to come by when life feels like a tragedy. We search for stability, a grounding.

Where is God when needed? Seems too high and mighty above our fractiousness. Is he deaf to his creatures’ pitiful whimpers and loud tantrums alike? Disillusioned with ancient oracles of dead prophets, we grasp for meaning.

In dusky silence, a singular sunset leisurely paints the sky above fields of round cornstalk bales. Hot pink and purple hues deepen, clouds set on fire, eyes cannot resist, breath catches at heavenly drama. Radio plays song, When You Speak* and inexplicable peace envelops my soul.

moonrise to sunset
skies shimmer with his glory
give us thankful hearts


Join Frank J. Tassone and dVerse poets who are serving haibuns and giving thanks this week. Reference to song by Jeremy Camp heard on K-LOVE.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ben Alexander
    Nov 27, 2021 @ 11:41:46

    This poem made me feel quiet, Lynn.


    David

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  2. areadingwriter
    Nov 25, 2021 @ 00:25:05

    the depth and weight of your lines really touch the heart. I am with you in feeling God in the quiet.

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  3. artsandletters9
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 18:13:54

    Loved your poem. Realistic. Comforting. Well said.

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  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 15:07:17

    I love the last part of how we can find solace and maybe find a common ground… that is what it should be.

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  5. Beverly Crawford
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 12:22:47

    Reminders of His presence are all about us, if we don’t lose ourselves in the chaos and negativity in our world! You’ve reminded us well.

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  6. dorahak
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 12:18:59

    “The heavens proclaim the glory of the Lord” — I love moments like these that cut into our troubled thoughts and grant peace and assurance. Wonderful haibun, Lynn.
    Pax,
    Dora

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  7. rothpoetry
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 10:09:23

    Very nicely done Lynn! Thanksgiving and peace come from within rather than without as you have shown here. Great haiku as well!

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