The Rescue Part I

Red Sky at Night Marc Swift

Red Sky at Night
Marc Swift

Once upon a Time,   

                                            I had a son.                                                 

He was bright and brilliant,

full of vigor and promise.

He was fiery and inventive.

He had so much enthusiasm that not only did his teachers have trouble containing it,

he had trouble containing it.

He lit up the whole classroom.

Yet, like all  true epics and fairytales,

there was an enemy that wounded him

early in his childhood,

robbing his innocence,

hoping to thwart his trust,

dull his passion for life,

and steal that heritage

to which he was an heir.

For years

he suffered life tormented,

Living

with potential prevented,

Longing

                                                 for meaning

                                                                                                                         and love

and care.

When it seemed hope was gone

and it was late,

When all seemed pointless

and resigned to ‘fate’

just when dark night

was setting in

                                                                                                        to stay…

                                                                                                                           

Marc Swift

I sank beneath the waves, and death was very near.

The waters closed above me, the seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

I went down to the ocean floor.

I was locked out of life and imprisoned in the land of death.

But, O Lord my God, you have snatched me from the yawning jaws of death.

Jonah, in the ancient scriptures.

 

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  1. Charlotte Carver

    That brought me to tears. I can really feel the wonder of Josh. Beautifully written. Fairy tale-like description perfectly describes a golden son! Truly lovely tribute.

  2. Wow way to to go Marc! Very good!

  3. That is beyond a poem, it’s an experience. Heart rendingly beautiful.

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