Showing posts with label religious poem. Show all posts
Showing posts with label religious poem. Show all posts

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Present in the Hand of God


Turning Handsprings
by Mary Harwell Sayler

I.

"Give me a hand,
would you?" -- a hand-
some metaphor for asking help when feeling hand-
i-capped by lack of time on hand,
energy lagging behind the task one has been handed.


II.

In Michelangelo’s creation on the Sistine ceiling, the Hand
of God stretches, pointedly, toward Adam’s hand:
the human palm turned from a firm hand
shake, thumb down, into a limp hand
loosely situated to receive a synaptic leap from Hand
to hand
as heaven and earth keep a hand
in designing this hand-
book to be handed
down for generations to those hand-
picked to hold the well-woven hand-
kerchief, handy
now for wiping ancient markings from the hands.


III.

If I hand
myself over to Your keeping, Lord, will You handle
me carefully -- perhaps hand-
feed and caress me, O Living Hand
of God? Give me Your Hand
in marriage. Let me be Your Hand-
made hand-
maiden -- Your Hand-
i-work reflecting Your likeness in my hand-
mirror, hand-held along the life-line of Your undying Hand.


©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler. All Rights Reserved. The poem first appeared in the poetry book, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

God loves you. God trusts you.


Child, Child,

If God didn’t love you, no eyes, no ears
would weave into your gut, no
heart would arch into the inner soles
of your shoes, showing you where to go.

If God didn’t trust you, there would be
no joy to oil your neighbors, no love to
cover the sins of your enemies, no Good
News to paper the walls of your head.

© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved.

“Child, Child,” first saw print in Mary's book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Divine Cardiology

by Mary Harwell Sayler

Love pours
from the veins,

rushes through
blood cells
parting a red sea.

Your infusing love
transfuses me,
induces me
to come home:

In God’s heart are
many chambers.




© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Divine Cardiology” appears in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.


Outside Eden, paperback