The Spirit Believes

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.
I begin again with the smallest numbers.
“Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Romans, Countrymen
Sons and daughters of Israel
The spirit believes
Where there was something and suddenly isn’t
The heart sees what the eyes belie
The soul comprehends He is risen

This cannot be, so many claimed
And yet it is, as many others knew
The spirit believes
An absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space
A new calendar of the divine
Marking a new era that time cannot erase

Grand strides began with
Faith the size of a mustard seed
The spirit believes
I begin again with the smallest numbers
Each morning’s new breath, my daily bread
And a nightly prayer before my slumbers

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Today, Mary is our host at dVerse Poets. She introduces us to writer, Naomi Shihab Nye, and challenges us to choose a line from Naomi’s poem “Burning the Old Year” to write a poem of our own. Overachiever that I am I chose an entire stanza to work with in a stylized Glosa.

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18 thoughts on “The Spirit Believes

  1. Am impressed with your use of form here & the fact that you have written such a meaningful lenten poem. I especially like ‘grand strides began with faith the size of a mustard seed.’ And I like the conclusion, mentioning the morning breath and at night a prayer before slumber.

  2. You are indeed an over achiever, & I never thought of doing a glosa~ Enjoyed the weaving of the lines & I also specially admire that ending lines:

    Each morning’s new breath, my daily bread
    And a nightly prayer before my slumbers

  3. So many great lines and phrases in your amazing glosa but these words stood out for me…
    “Grand strides began with
    Faith the size of a mustard seed
    The spirit believes”
    Yes, the spirit always believes and has faith even though our egos may not. Well done, Raivenne!

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