Sunday, June 26, 2011

Grace Filled Jam

Brian Miller is stirring the jam this week & has instructed us to write a poem based on our favorite song. I like music, but often sit in silence rather than listen to it. And in my car I listen to books (music just makes me want to ram people with my car). So in thinking about what song to consider for the poetry jam I kept thinking about Amazing Grace since church music is one pretty consistent thing in my life. But I decided to wait to see what kind of music they had at my mother-in-law’s funeral first. Of course one of the hymns we sang was Amazing Grace. Did you expect anything else?

Grace

What is grace
but the thing that
makes a family?
Your father’s eyes
fill and overspill
as he gazes upon his love,
that final caress
of eyes and heart.
And I witness this
moment because
my blind eyes
were opened
that long ago night
and I accepted the
gift of unmistakable
miraculous grace -
the gift of you.

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers …Philemon 1:4

Go check out the other jammers here - I think it should be pretty interesting this week!

17 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tribute to that love of yours.

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  2. great pome. If you get chance you should check out The Blind Boys Of Alabama, who recorded Amazing Grace to the tune of House Of The Rising Sun

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  3. smiles. i love that song...and love the tenderness of surrender in your poem...i want the Flatfoot 56 version played at my funeral...a little punk rock & bagpipes to set the tone...smiles.

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  4. And once again, your gift with words fills my heart.

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  5. This is beautiful, Bug. I love Amazing Grace, as well. I like how you incorporated, "was blind, but now I see" into your piece.

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  6. what would we be without grace and how could we live without it..? tender and warm write and the song is as timeless as the topic is..

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  7. I simply cannot sing 'Amazing Grace' without crying ... it was one of my mother's favorites. That and 'In The Garden' ... your poem is lovely and full of grace.

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  8. I, too, love this wonderful hymn and your tribute to it, to grace, to love, and to family.

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  9. God, there's precious little grace in our family, amazing or otherwise.Lovely tribute to the living and the dead.

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  10. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.

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  11. Lovely, again.

    Just watched "Amazing Grace" via Netflix the other week. If you haven't seen it, do. Have a box of tissues with you.

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  12. A beautiful poem to go with one of my favorite songs!

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  13. Bug, this is lovely. Amazing Grace is truly beautiful and your poem is very touching.

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  14. Your words are filled with wisdom.

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