DAY 11: ATROPHY

November 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM 2 comments

 

I’m knee-deep in projects this week so this is yet another poem from the archives, slightly revised. The original version appeared in a literary journal, my first in fact, which tickled me no end – especially given the content of the poem! 

 

Nothing quite right.

Nothing quite wrong.

Just endless thoughts of me and my endless thoughts.  Exhausting.

 

Anxiety wells up with each passing moment…

 

Why haven’t these “raw materials” added up to more by now?

Why haven’t you accomplished more with your life?
 

Quick, what can I accomplish before lunch that will ease

this crushing underachievement?

 

This failure to launch.

 

This atrophy that seizes the half-opened rose and freezes it in place.
 

Then slowly it dawns…
 

Could atrophy nipping at my heels actually be a gift?

 

A nagging-yet-necessary reminder that time is short and those little daily choices oh-so-precious.

 

Do I beat atrophy at its own game by making it my friend?

 

Or better still, befriending its Giver…

 

…who limited our time in this fallen world

as a gift of mercy in the first place?

 

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  • 1. vondaskelton  |  November 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Wow, Kim. Beautiful. I’ve never thought of His limiting our time here as a gift to us. Sweet.

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    • 2. Kimosphere  |  November 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Thanks Vonda. It’s crazy how even the negatives in life are often the mercy of God.

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KIM ALDRICH

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Each new day offers a fresh opportunity to learn or languish, stagnate or grow. Like all sincere Christians, I face the ongoing challenge of finding THE GROWING EDGE.

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TEN WAYS TO LOVE

1. LISTEN without interrupting
(Proverbs 1:8)

2. SPEAK without accusing
(James 1:19)

3. GIVE without sparing
(Proverbs 21:26)

4. PRAY without ceasing
(Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing
(Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending
(Ephesians 4:15)

7. ENJOY without complaint
(Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering
(I Corinthians 13:7)

9. FORGIVE without punishing
(Colossians 3:13)

10. PROMISE without forgetting
(Proverbs 13:12)

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