Friday, August 20, 2010

Two Gifts

Unasked, unsought,
nor even imagined,
the young man is
given two gifts,
two beyond his
abilities and talents:
one, encouragement;
the other, faith.
One aims outward,
flowing across a
horizontal plane,
washing and cleansing,
softening the hard
edges of rocks into the
the smoothness of
The other lifts upward,
emerging from the
darkness as it speeds,
then hurtles in a
sweeping trajectory
toward the light.
He knows the
desolation inward;
he knows the
two are true.

Photograph by Nancy Rosback. Used with permission.


Red Letter Believers said...

Encouragement and faith -- not contrasting, but complimentary gifts.

I believe in you, because God believes in you.

H. Gillham said...

Yes. Good morning with Glynn's poem and a cup of coffee.

Lovely images. Better message.


togetherforgood said...

Wow. this is powerful Glynn. Wonderful.

JC Dude said...

You gave a huge gift with this poem...well done!

Duane Scott said...

Goodmorning... love the poem.

katdish said...

Ooo! This is my fave so far!

Jeanne Damoff said...

Wow. Seriously, Glynn. This is amazing.

Cassandra Frear said...


Dare I say? -- your poetry grows.

jasonS said...

Beautiful and I love the imagery. Thanks Glynn.

Maureen said...

I like this very much: how you see the easiness of using the gift of encouragement, how you know the difficulty of having and maintaining faith, and knowing through the one the other is possible.

The delicacy in Nancy's lovely image is well reflected in your words.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

So lovely.
I love the images you painted in my mind.

A Simple Country Girl said...

Your words "sweeping trajectory" will stick with me all day.

This belongs in a book, better yet, on the cover of a book.


L.L. Barkat said...

"he knows the two are true"

ah, that is something I think about a lot these days

n. davis rosback said...

i am a little slow at getting to my reading today. i heard about this post, before even got past comments left on my blog, that come in my email. so i came right away to see what you had posted.


i think my heart stopped, to hear the words better, as i read.


and yes, you do have these gifts, and so glad that you do.

i love the part, "given two gifts...beyond his abilities and talents..."

it makes me realize that God is giving Himself in the gifts that He gives to us.

that He and His power is in us.

(oh...and i like the part about the stones..of course.)

yes, this really is you
and i love the words
the wonderful expression
and everything that they share

i am truly thankful

Sandra Heska King said...

He has gifted you well.

And you are a gift.

deb said...

Glynn ~this truly beautiful.

B. Meandering said...

"hurtling in a sweeping trajectory towards the light. . ." You paint an awesome picture with your words.
Quite thought-provoking.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Encouragement and faith allies. Good to hear. I sometimes wonder if I'm not flattering, or maybe tempting one toward pride. But I genuinely want them to know that God's blessing came through them. Thanks for the great poetry, Glynn. Maybe soon I'll throw in some words in that vein. (Nice art by Nancy, as well.)

M.L. Gallagher said...

Powerful gifts. Powerful words.

Thank you for sharing them -- and for the mention in your Saturday Good Reads!

Tag said...

two gifts
together building inward,
self confidence
and compassion.
Nicely done Glynn.