Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Friends, I have been challenged to write poetry.

Traditionally poetry was my forte, but raising children, managing a home, and
being a helpmate has whisked away my ambition. My poet's quill has long set in
it's vice becoming quite rusty. Yesterday it was brought to my attention and I felt
a gentle nudge from behind to once again find a blank page and paint words in
water color images. I chuckled at the thought of actually creating a poem that anyone
else might read, but this morning I had some words that refused to settle in my head
until they found their abode, brushed across a page. So here is my first attempt in, what seems a lifetime ago, to put words into small bits and pieces, forming something with a
few words while trying to say many things.

I am 
captured in a bubble
of unbelief
that masquerades itself as
my protection.

My hands caress  it's 
walls from the inside 
as I see beyond and imagine
what it would be like
to be
out there
where faith breathes.

How does one escape
this sphere of hopelessness,
shattering it's facade?

Memory recaptures a Word
a promise
a covenant...

Belief begins to rise 
like the fog that says
farewell to the morning

My heart responds 
with dancing.

The bubble cannot resist
it must unlock
this cell and
release me into
the world beyond 
it's embrace,
the embrace of an impostor.

The world of faith has
beckoned me

I am no longer held by the
limitations of the bubble
for I have been launched into
a new sphere...

the sphere of

"Everything is possible to him who believes." Mark 9:13



L.L. Barkat said...

Cheri! You did it. You set words into lines, broke them, spaced them, and you gave me this wonderful picture...

"The bubble cannot resist"

Ah yes. How delicate the barriers we sometimes feel so trapped behind. Glad you joined us. Hoping this will be the first of many. :)

Joyful said...

Cheri...this is powerful. Not only do your words create such a poignant picture, but you have described my existence so perfectly. Such a fragile line between unbelief and faith. My bubble rises with the breeze of His Spirit, and His gentle touch breaks my covering, freeing me from it's confines. My heart is exposed yet not in danger. I am sheltered under His wings.


Laura said...

THese two delight:

like the fog that says
farewell to the morning

They remind me that I am mist...

I am so proud of you! Yayyy!

I"m entering you in the drawing because I'm so glad you've opened your poetry notebook again!


Daveda said...

In the first part I was in tears! This is beautiful and so full of truth! Cheri, even when you are not trying to write poetry it flows out of you from the rushing waters of the Spirit with in. You have a beautiful, inspiring gift!

Please stop by my blog, i want to do a Blogger Appreciation Week. please come tell me what you think of the idea.

Daveda said...

Hey Cheri, I have all the details for "Blogger Appreciation Week" on my current posting. Stop by, it will "officially" start on Monday!

Kandace Rather said...

Wow Cheri,
I felt like I was reading something that someone has spent a lifetime doing.....I must say, it's in you. I love it....just don"t ask me to do it. :-)
Love you!!

Marcus Goodyear said...

I like the "bubble of unbelief." Not only is it a rich image, it challenges the substance of doubt and it sounds so cool.

Sarah Dawn said...

Delighted to meet you! Touched by your words and your heart for Him that drips from every syllable. I will be back, to soak in more of His goodness. Keep writing, the world is reading.

Blessings from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

Daveda said...

Hi Cheri, I made a couple of mistakes doing Mister Linky, so I need to ask a favor??? Could you stop back by Grace Talk AFTER you have posted your Blogger Appreciation Post, on your blog and sign in again with Mister Linky using the URL for that particular post. I think you can copy it right off of your URL address bar. This way all week people will directly connect to that post instead of just whatever is current on your page. Let me know if you have any questions. So SORRY :{ I'm new, still learning!

Lisa said...

I felt that.

Thank you for sharing.

christy rose said...

Everything is possible to those who believe! That is so good! This writing is so moving! I loved this Cheri!


Limolady said...

OH CHERI, I have always loved your poetry - since I was just a little girl. You have blessed many with your words over the years and you have just gotten better with time. I love you!

Monica said...

I love this picture you gave me of the bubble that traps...and then the new sphere. Thanks for giving me this to think on.