Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Without Score

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

...But we will always be tested and tried
Grappling with longing’s persuasion and pride
Sorrow and joy mingle intricately
Where one prevails, ah, the other will be

Love cannot choose, but must bear and believe
…'it is more blessed to give than receive’
Over and over without keeping score
Love gives and gives asking for nothing more

Darling, the night wind cannot empathize
With our soul-hunger and pathetic sighs
Beggars and brawlers and sinners and saints
Suffer together life’s creature complaints

We are partakers of Time’s daily bread
Living and dying, a synchronized thread
Who can escape from Life’s Grief; who can hide?
None; we will always be tested and tried

… Love suffers long; it is patient and kind
We live, not for self but with others in mind
Over and over until Time is no more
God pours His Goodness without keeping score

© Janet Martin

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