Day 2 – a little poetry

24 Aug

I’ve been reading poetry lately. Why? Well partly because I think it’s fascinating the words that writers can weave together in an intricate puzzle with so many layers of meaning. And also because I’m trying to enhance my economy of words. Apparently reading poetry improves one’s ability as a writer, so I thought I’d give it a try.

One poem that has become a favourite is by E.E. Cummings. I loved it the moment I read it and have read it countless times since, each time appreciating its simple relevancy. Here it is:

let it go – the

smashed work broken

open vow or

the oath cracked length

wise – let it go it

was sworn to

go

let them go – the

truthful liars and

the false fair friends

and the boths and

neithers – you must let them go they

were born

to go

let all go – the

big small middling

tall bigger really

the biggest and all

things – let all go

dear

so comes love

To me, this poem is symbolic of my relationship with Christ and His promise. With “letting go” being the act of surrendering my burdens, worries, insecurities, fears, and cares to Christ so to be free to fully accept and live in His unfailing, unconditional love. I think the message of this poem is hopeful, if only a sliver of the hope found in Christ. That beyond the hurts and struggles of today, is the promise of redemption and love.

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