Wednesday, September 23, 2020


What is your life? 
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14

This Thing that wears our patience thin with grace-lent grin and groan 
That hones the character within these skiffs of skin and bone 
That tests the measure of a man and adjusts attitude 
That vexes people’s precious plan with trouble’s interlude 
That breaks the hull of hearts and dreams for love’s incumbent Chief 
And makes us more the same, it seems, because love’s price is grief 
That proves the master of the mind by what we do and say 
Where consequence is never blind to what we sow today 

This Thing that makes us laugh and weep and keep score but to fail 
Where both the bitter and the sweet are poured from Mercy’s Grail 
This Thing fashioned with gifted days time garners into years 
Is but a breath of misted haze that softly disappears 
Until the Giver of its lease through farewell’s ordained Must 
Retrieves once more the Sacred Piece that outlives dust-to-dust 
And ends This Thing that we call life where what seems commonplace 
Will rend this wink of joy and strife to unveil Mercy’s Face 

© Janet Martin 

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