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Inspirational Poetry - Poetry to warm your heartWhen earthly props are gone

And you feel lost and down,

God is your strength:

I know.

 

We write about that which is familiar: our sorrows, joys, that which is humorous or instructive.  One can write nothing about a subject of which one is ignorant! Knowing ones subject well causes one to be able to write good poems.

 

Knowing your subject may mean you are writing about something that happened to you that impressed you in such a way that you cannot help expressing yourself.

 

The following poem was written after a most traumatic experience I once had. Because of that it has touched the heart of others who have been through difficult experiences.  Poetry is all about one heart speaking to another heart in such a way that we are being used of the Lord to empathize with others.  The verse of Scripture that comes to my mind has to do with comfort.

 

"Blessed be God,.. Who comforteth us.., that we may be able to comfort (others)"  (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

 

Perhaps you will appreciate: When Earthly Props Are Gone. It begins:

 

When earthly props are gone

And you feel lost and down,

God is your strength:

I know.

When despair wants a room

To make your heart a tomb,

God is there:

I know.

It may look bad outside

And you want to run and hide;

God really cares:

I know.

 

Not all poetry has to do with emotions (although without strong emotion our poetry will be shallow). Some poetry will have to do with certain subjects.  I love writing about historical events.  Such a poem is Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride.  I have to admit that poem gives me a wonderful feeling of excitement and patriotism.  How I am moved to admire our Founding Fathers.  Listen to the sound of this poem:

 

Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march

By land or sea from the town tonight,

Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch

Of the North Church tower as a signal light,-

 

One if by land, and two if by sea;

And I on the opposite shore will be,

Ready to ride and give the alarm

Through every Middlesex village and farm,

For the country folk to be up and to arm."

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,

A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,

And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark

Struck out by that steed flying fearless and fleet;

 

That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,

The fate of a nation was riding that night....

For, borne on the night-wind of the Past

Through all our history, to the last,

In the hour of darkness and peril and need,

The people will waken and listen and hear

The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,

And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

 

We need messages like that today.  And who better than poets can give it out?  How could Longfellow write such a poem unless he was familiar with the events of that time?  Also, ones appreciation deepens when one is well acquainted with our history.  That brings me back to the thesis of this article: know your subject well!


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