Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Countdown To Surgery: A Prayer

In my dark hours of doubt
and dark moments of fear,
I beseech you, dear Lord,
to grant me courage to be.

In my tears of pain
and sighs of relief
I ask you, Lord,
to hold me by your hand
and let me see your face.

Abide in me
in this glooming sea of darkness
And let me swim
into your shore of hope and peace.

Submitted: Friday, October 19, 2012
Edited: Saturday, October 20, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written, three days before the scheduled surgery on November 1,2010 at 8 am.

Comments about this poem (Countdown To Surgery: A Prayer by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen )

Enter the verification code :

  • Freshman - 1,841 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/3/2013 3:21:00 AM)

    I reread this poem when I remember the ordeal of operation/ surgeries and 33 times exposures to radiation. And still this piece brings tears to my eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,841 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/20/2012 4:01:00 AM)

    Thanks, Sallam Yassin, for leaving a positive response. All of us undergo moments of darkness when the last ray of light is sought to be found in what we consider the one who created us. (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love .., Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »


New Poems

  1. Quotation # 5, saint cynosure ( Ken Bennigh ..
  2. Control, Robert Plese
  3. Time is your worst enemy, Leong Ming Loong
  4. Price, Nassy Fesharaki
  5. Fuck You, Michael Webb
  6. The marvelous designer., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  7. Stories We Tell Ourselves, Michael Mira
  8. The catastrophe., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. Peace One Day, Lyn Paul
  10. 'THE INFANT'S WAIL', Princewill Umunnakwe
[Hata Bildir]