Sometimes, wisdom dictates for us to wait for something, even when it is already there. 🙂
Here’s a spontaneous poem (in all of its rough draft glory) that I wrote on July 24, 2016.
(24 July 2016)
Dead embers are what they once were.
Until your wind came over.
I cupped what’s left of the coals,
But somehow your air made it through my frail fingers.
You were not too strong.
You were not too subtle.
You were just right.
You were there all along.
Gently, your breeze made its way around
The spaces between my hands.
My heart was set ablaze;
You fanned the flames —
A first in my case.
At first, a faint light.
Next, an undeniable spark.
Slowly, a fire.
Then a torch.
Until I can cup the flames no more.
My sleeping heart made a sound.
Like matchsticks to stones,
We ignited on this ground.
You don’t believe in happenstance.
It was all too well-written not to be bound.
All in time, I can show the world this fire.
I can share the light of this flame.
But for now, it must be tamed.
For now, it must not have a name.
For now, we extinguish the furnace of the past;
Submerge in water the burning pains it cast.
But the smoke is rising,
To consume and be consumed is tempting.
But vehement flames without control
Can both destroy and be destroyed.
Quick death awaits the reckless fire that makes hell—
A flame that swiftly rages on.
So we slow down the flames of longing,
Be steady in our burning.
We must slow down the flames of longing
And be steady in our burning.
To not lose sight
Of where we’re heading.
Let’s keep our flames burning in heaven
Where hell’s fire cannot use it.
Let’s keep our flames burning for Him
So it does not kill us both.
Let us wait for this flicker to be stable,
Let us wait until our hearts are better able.
For our flame is not made
To make ashes from woods,
But to purify metals
And refine gold.
We are gold.
And forever we’ll catch fire
Even when we grow old.
Love, I promise you
I will keep this wick strong and long
For a flame that lasts
Until heartbeat’s last;
To our promises and hopes,
To you and for you, my love,
I will hold on.
I will hold fast.