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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
By Mariane Holbrook
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I often heard her tease how much Iíd added to her girth.
I sighed with deep contentment there inside that dark cocoon
Though I was apprehensive that I might be leaving soon.
I tried to be inactive since my stretching caused her pain.
I heard her pray for grace and mercy time and time again.
Sheíd pray that all my toes and fingers, every organ, too,
Would each be perfect specimens, my eyes a pretty blue.
I knew I had a mother, father, sister, brother, too.
I heard them talk about me and the things they planned to do.
But things began to bother me when there was not a doubt
That one day soon from my cocoon, I would be moving out.
I loved it there, safe and secure, close to my motherís heart.
I was well-fed, a nice soft bed, no reason to depart.
That place was all Iíd ever known, Iíd never been outside.
Afraid of what might lie ahead, I bowed my head and cried.
But on that day when I was born, I felt so loved and blest.
My family checked me over and declared Iíd passed the test.
The world was bright and beautiful, not dark where I had been;
Iíd never been this happy since I canít remember when.
My room was bright and cheerful, there were presents everywhere.
I heard theyíd had a ďshower;Ē there were lots of women there.
The cradle that I slept in was beside my motherís bed
So she could lift me to her when I needed to be fed.
Someday Iíll have to leave this earth and go to heaven above.
Iíll say goodbye to family and to friends Iíve grown to love.
Iíve grown so used to being here Iíd likely opt to stay
But God makes these decisions and Iíll trust Him all the way.
Thereís so much beauty all around I canít contain it all;
The bluebells in the summer and the maples in the fall.
The pristine snows of winter and the jonquils in the spring;
Each season flaunts its best to make me lift my voice and sing.
Iíve thought deathís separation would be more than I could bear,
But God has planned a welcome for each one who enters there.
My loved ones whoíve gone on before will gather at the gate,
So happy that Iíll soon arrive that they can hardly wait!
When I arrive in heaven to begin my brand new birth,
Iím sure the beauty that I see will far surpass the earth.
And walking down the center of the streets of gold will be
My loving Savior, Jesus Christ, into whose arms Iíll flee.
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