Anxiety (poem by me)

You are balancing on a fallen log
suspended above a deep valley,
your own infant is in your arms,
hungry hounds are at your back
with teeth as sharp as knives,
howling and growling,
you say a prayer,
do not fail,
or else
death.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10

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The TV Kid (poem by me)

He likes watching life on reel,
Wait—listen to his appeal,
TV problems aren’t for real
so they are not a big deal,
which makes emotions safe to feel
and possibly to even heal.

He admits it and won’t deny
he will mourn and sometimes cry
when characters say goodbye,
but now you will know why
his eyes will be bone dry
when real loved ones fall ill and die.

I say, “It’s okay to live—
to hope, dream, and forgive,
You don’t have to be passive,
if you trust the Lord is active,
He’ll apply the balm of Gilead,
Take my hand—now it’s collaborative.”

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield
and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” —Psalm 18:2

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Quieting Anxiety (poem by me)

Anxiety has a voice,
a worst-case scenario,
someone’s dead or dying
on my cranial stereo.

It has visions too,
accidents and blood galore,
someone’s dead or dying,
a policeman’s at the door.

I take a deep breath,
and blow it all away,
no one’s dead or dying,
It will all be okay.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10

Battling Fear (poem by me)

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
  …be attacked by great white sharks,
  …die a slow agonizing death by spider bites,
  …or be mutilated by sinister clowns?

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
   …starve to death in a worldwide famine,
   …be rejected by everyone we know,
   …or standby helplessly as our loved ones contract diseases?

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
   …ward off those murderous thoughts,
   …attack them with daggers of peace,
   …and maintain a stupendously sound mind?

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Trapped (poem by me)

People saying hi
& acting so friendly
I watch them walk by
but I can’t say anything
‘cause I’m trapped
in this glass box.
It’s all around me
It’s fear, anxiety, worry.
What should I say?
Who should I be?
No one can tell I’m trapped
Inside of me.

God sees.
Send down the rope
& be my rescue
so I can be free
from all that vexes me.
This is easy for You, Lord,
for You are strong and mighty.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save… -Zephaniah 3:17

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Learning to Hope (poem by me)

I thought hope was too emotive,
I noticed how much time it wasted,
Worse yet—when it fails, it’s corrosive,
But hope is something God created,
To be risked and to be tasted,
I put my faith in You, oh Lord,
To show my heart the unexplored.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love… 1 Corinthians 13:13

© 2016 Kim Bond

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