Tuesday, April 19, 2011

LOOSE a poem on being set free

Loose



Ooh,
When you do,
What you do,
Where you do,
Why you do,
How you do,
I become loose.

Get your mind out the gutter,
for I'm talking about one
who is like no other,
my Lord, my Savior, my Father.

He took me, a
hardheaded,
foul-mouthed,
negative-thinking,
envy-having,
fear-collecting,
happiness-depriving,
bad past-reflecting
woman, and He
shook me loose and free
like crisp white sheets
on the line being whipped
by a stiff, spring breeze.

At first, I stood,
defiant, reluctant to
let Him in, but when
He wants in, it's not up
to you whether the door
opens or not.

"Do you want to be loose?"
He asked me, but I stood
there, still, with
unmoving lips,
hand upon hip
though my mind screamed,
“Rescue me from the life
I've created for myself.”

And He did.

Piece by piece,
Peace by peace,
He did.

He touched my eyes and said,
"See with all your heart and soul,"
and before me was a straight path
full of golden-lit goals.

He touched my nose and said,
"Take in your new life," and instead
of the decay of inner city, I
breathed light and air with no strife.

He touched my ears and said,
"Listen with all your heart and soul,"
and I could hear words of encouragement
and love in a soft, sweet echo.

He touched my mind and said,
"Remember not your past so that you
can feel guilt, but remember so that a
better life in the future can be built."

He touched my hands and said,
"When in doubt, lift them high,"
and fingertips reached heavenward
because on only Him could I rely.

He touched my mouth and said,
"Let your praises be heard," and
beautiful music lifted from some
place inside my soul that stirred.

He touched my feet and said,
"Let them move for me," and my
hip dipped, my hair swayed, and my
feet danced as if set free.

It wasn't easy,
the loosening.
Nothing good in life
ever comes easily,
but it came,
the loosening,
slowly, but surely,
it came, and He
took me,
piece by piece,
peace by peace,
and released
all burden from me,
leaving me
light,
loose,
and free
to dance.

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