“Lord, once I prayed”

Lord, once I prayed that you would rend the heavens,
That with your coming all might be dissolve,
That I might see your glory face to face
And that last day of testing, trial and fire.
But now that I have seen my dismal state—
How wretched, Oh! how miserable I,
To such a squalid, dreary mess have made—
I pray no longer for your quick return,
Knowing how little of my work would stand
Amid the fire kindled for that day,
But only for your deathless mercy’s help
That I might one day soon regain the height
From which I wretchedly have plummeted,
To there in readiness await the coming end.

This is quite recent; I wrote it early this week, late one night, after it started going through my head enough to keep me awake. In the first lines, I may be referring in part to a poem I wrote several years ago, “How long, O Lord, will you remain aloof?”.

I always welcome your comments, critique, suggestions (perhaps of a real title for this poem?), or any other feedback on this poem or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you like it, if you don’t like it, if something “works”, if something “doesn’t work”, if it makes you think of something or someone, etc., please comment and say so!) If you like this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday; you can also read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (or if that list is too intimidating, I’m posting more manageable subsets each week, such as yesterday’s installment, so you can just start with those). I’d particularly like to know which poems you think are my best.

This poem is also mirrored on my wiki.


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