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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Fishing For Peace and Joy?
By Linda C. Smith
06/10/04

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One day I went fishing and sat with baited breath
A chilly day~I feared Iíd surely catch my death.
As I sat, I pondered my present lot and fate.
A good day to think, I thought, as I sit and wait.
Life gets so hectic, the grind grating with such noise.
Iím oftí caught up so with all its glittering toysÖ
I donít take the time to reflect, as I know I should.
The details of living become irksome more than good.
Everything Iím doing takes up a lot of time.
Where is the peace and joy I once considered mine?
Perhaps lost in the tumult of lifeís swelling tide?
I hope to resolve this before my fish are fried.
What fish!!? Did you see my line bob, jerk, and twist with might?
Give it more line! I think, Iím in for an awful fight!
I let it wrestle till its strength was all but spent.
Then it hit me! I know where my peace and joy went!
Instead of waiting, I fiercely try to hold the line.
I grapple with urgencies without HIS strength Divine.
These exhausting thoughts alone, drove me to my knees.
Oh GOD, I confess self-reliant striving. PleaseÖ
Restore to me the peace and joy, I know, I knew,
And help me, by your GRACE, to fully rest in YOU!


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Corinne Smelker 06/14/04
Interesting poem. This one also came at the concept from a different angle.

Baited should be bated though.

Solid poem, thanks for posting.
Juanita Pittman-Brown06/14/04
Delightful...Thoughts to ponder and reflect upon...I enjoyed very much...Thank you and God bless...Juanita Pittman-Brown
Marie B. Corso06/14/04
Nicely done. Good flow.
Donna Smith06/15/04
Linda, you did an excellent job with this. What a message that I so needed to be reminded of-thank you.
Lynne Gaunt06/16/04
Awesome! I loved this. Great rhythym and rhyme. It flowed so nicely and the message was great! My only suggestion would be to insert a break after every few lines to make for easier reading. Otherwise, superb!
WENDY DECKER06/16/04
I THOUGHT YOUR POEM FLOWED VERY NICELY AND THE MESSAGE WAS ONE I, MYSELF NEED TO HEAR EVERY DAY! THANKS.
L.M. Lee06/19/04
nice poem. it flowed well. i like the different take on the topic.
Marcell Billinghurst06/20/04
I really enjoyed your poem, very well written. It is one I am sure many of us can identify with. It is so easy to try to do things in our own strength and end up worn out and stressed when God longs to give us his peace and strength. God bless you and keep writing.