I know I've been noticeably absent this August but as I shared with you, I'm working on my next book of poems, Words of Witness. Well, tonight I can finally say, "I am finished!" The only thing left is the proof reading, that is, the proof reading after the proof reading.
You see when you're so close to something, it's often hard to find mistakes as you sometimes see things that aren't there and don't see things that are. My sister is the best of the best at proof reading. As she puts it, "those errors just jump out at me." And she's right. She probably will get at it in the next few days so soon it'll be off to the publishing company. In the meantime, I will try NOT to keep tweaking and tweaking.
When a 15 page preview of the book is available online, I'll let you know. There will be information on how to order a copy of the book as well, if you're interested. Anyway, I thought I needed another poem in one of the sections in the book, but as it turned out I didn't. So this the one that never saw the light of day.
PRAYER FOR CHANGE
Dear Lord above, I come to you;
My challenges are great.
This situation's leaving me
In such an awful state.
It takes a toll and I believe
I can't survive without you.
I pray and pray but maybe, Lord,
There's something else I must do.
But I don't know what that could be,
I need you just to guide me.
I need your strength, I need your help,
I can't feel you beside me...
Now, wait a minute, Lord, that's it.
You're always, ever with me.
But often life gets in the way.
I think that I'm too busy.
Forgive me, Father, for this prayer
To change my situation.
I know now I must first find you,
Make that my destination.
So now I pray your Spirit come,
Help me to seek your face.
My problems get the best of me,
What's worse, they cloud my way.
The best of me I promise, Lord,
I pledge this very day.
I won't allow the 'other' things
To sabotage my way.
I know that often I expect
A prayer 'to do the trick.'
When what I need is to be close.
Dear Lord, I recommit.