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Arise, Beloved!

Published August 7, 2012 by Ashley Townsend

Poem time again! I was sitting in church with my family and we were singing “We’re the People of God,” and I just started to doodle some of the lyrics. Then I added a little here and there without really thinking about it, brought my pathetically confused little scribbles back home, and spent the afternoon singing and mulling possible next lines over and over until this came about. Even though I love to read and write poetry, I am far from skilled at it, so once again, bear with me! But I thought today might as well be a good enough day to share this with you all. Oh! And Friday I’ll have my favorite books of all time up here to inspire some more reading fun. Brace yourselves for further Reading Extravaganzas and stay tuned for Friday!  

 Arise, Beloved!

I have called you by name

I fought back the darkness

That clothed you in shame

With the sword of truth

I battled those lies

To show you your worth

I have fought for and loved you

Even before your birth

Come to life, O’ Precious One!

See what I have in store for you

You have been ransomed by love

And washed in words of truth

I do not lie like flesh and bone

I profess over you only what’s true

My love, my heart, my home

Be still, Beautiful Child!

Know that I am True Love

Can any of those whose love you seek

Compare to that of the One Above?

They see you as their eyes perceive

But in My eyes I see the one you were meant to be

All of your faults and falters are plain to me

Even more so than what others can find

But a child cherished by the Holy One

Is your portrait in my mind

Take heart, Sweet Treasure!

My love is everlasting

It never falters or fades

It is not favoring

Since before your conception

I knew you by name

And the truth is, the sweetest reception

Was the joy you felt over being so changed

Be patient, Everlasting Soul!

Your name has been written since the beginning

So enjoy this life and have faith that

You will live forever with Me beyond this world’s ending

I have clothed you in white

So you will not just see it

But can at last embrace the Light

Arise, Beloved!

As the sun ascends toward the heavens

So shall you be lifted into eternal light

Because I have promised, it is so

And you are one of the few chosen lambs

For whom My Love will always grow

Beautiful

Published July 6, 2012 by Ashley Townsend
 
I wrote this about a friend of mine when I was sixteen, so it’s pretty painful, but I came across it the other day and just knew I had to share it with you all, if only for a laugh. I was far from in love, but at the time I fantasized about sharing this with him beside a fire or in a hot air balloon, or something cheesy like that. But I knew I could never get up the chutzpah to actually read it to him, so I hid it away for so many years. So, without further ado!……Beautiful
 
The way your hair falls over your golden eyes
Darling, just know it’s my demise
You sweep it away with a shake of your head
It makes me feel what can’t be said
Your hands move over the strings of your instrument
And with each pull
I can see your heart of gold
You’re strumming the cords of this heart
I never want us to be apart
Do you know how beautiful you are?
Your concentration makes me smile
The music spoke to my heart all this while
I hear what it’s saying
But do you hear it too?
Do you know how beautiful you are?
The sun shines on your wavy brown hair
Right now I don’t have a single care
You take my hand and guide me through the dance
It makes me want to take a chance
As you smile into my spellbound eyes
Darling, just know it’s my demise
Do you know how beautiful you are?
I could have gone on forever, hand in hand
Waiting until the moon turns to sand
I never wanted the dream to end
But I awake in a world where we’re just friends
The firelight dances on your beautiful eyes
The sight makes me forget my strife
Through the years you’ve been nothing but true
I know I can always be myself with you
Your laugh, your smile, the way you say my name
With each of these I nearly go insane 
Though I dream of us growing old together
I will wait in silence and be your friend forever
So with a pen in hand and a heart full of hope
Here I sat and here I wrote
Because I believe life is always an open door
And you, my darling, are worth waiting for
 
I told you, it’s painful, but if you’re reading this, congratulations! You made it through the whole thing! Oh, and for your edification, we’re still friends, so this poem was kind of prophetic; I never told him I liked him, I’ve effectvely talked myself out of liking him over the years, and we will always be just friends, nothing more. And I can live with that. *POP!* That was your young love bubble bursting. Sorry. But I guess now he might finally read this, so maybe a part of my fantasy came true…… But I have plenty other fantasies to keep my thoughts occupied!
 
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