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Risky Freedom Safe Slavery

04 Jul

help me beJust posted about Dale Fredrickson’s collection of poetry Help Me Be.

This just happened to be what I opened to this morning.

Good reading to start the day as I relished the much missed coolness of the morning air…

 

 

You are standing on the banks of the sea.
                The dusty wind whirls,
                The salty sea smacks
                                                Muddy banks.
The Horizon shimmers with hope for the free.
The Promises are near land, life, and liberty.

You hear the Pharaoh’s Chariots.
                Pompous power that crushes lives,
                Leather whips lashing horse’s hides,
                Soldiers’ breaths slavery’s frets,
                Horses’ hooves closing the gap.

Your feet sink into the sand,
                Deeper and deeper.
You are stunned
                That wasn’t the plan.

Your choice is not easy
Risky freedom or
Safe Slavery.
Do you step forward?
Or do you turn back?

You are standing on the banks of the sea
Knees shaking, Feet sinking, Fears gripping.

You are scared of everything that could be.
                How the kids are going to grow,
                If the cash will start to flow.
                What the future might hold
                Feeling loved when you’re old.
                Standing strong when all is awash,
                Living again with courage and panache.
                Looking beautiful inside and out,
                Being abandoned alone left out
                Moving on when love is lost,
                Finding meaning when dreams are squashed.

Your choice is not easy
Risky freedom or
Safe slavery.
Do you step forward?
Or do you turn back?

You are not alone today,
Your King leads the way,
Love has won the day.
Dance, Sing, Step, Play.
Old rule wanes,
Jesus now reigns,
Breaking these chains.

You are standing on the banks of the sea
What do you want to be
Slave or Free?

feet on muddy bank

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