Brian Johnston

Gold Star - 15,395 Points (Jan.20,1943 / Oklahoma)

Ph: Life: A Spark Worth Redeeming - Poem by Brian Johnston

A Spark Worth Redeeming

Is there any largesse you can think of
That mitigates someone who hates
Into friend that might love for a lifetime?
And what possibly matters but God’s love
When minds that are rigid blame fates?
Where’s the reason to coax, where’s your plan’s rhyme?

Tell me what might you use as a lever,
Might bring back the peace to your soul,
Can you really get out of this danger?
What’s your plan so incredibly clever
To rescue your sense of control
When the one who must change is a stranger

Well consider the claim by Will Rogers
That all men are worthy of grace
Just how many of us have that courage?
By these lights he included draft dodgers
No sin can deny one a place,
Nor can having or not having knowledge

Might I give up my penchant for hating
All people in my life that judge?
Could my judgment be source of their anger?
Could it be that the block to creating
A more lasting peace is just smudge
That instead of a hand I give finger?

I suspect that my worst enemy lies
In friends filling head with false praise
May not kill, but can’t help with my growing
While the critical voice that with truth tries
To humble my ways, lengthens days...
He’s the one that I find myself owing.

What would happen if I should reach out to
Those souls less enraptured of me
Unsure I’ve got a spark worth redeeming?
One’s true power is changing your world view
Just be who God calls you to be
Know that changing the world is just dreaming.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Syllabic Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Brian Johnston
November 16,2015

Comments about Ph: Life: A Spark Worth Redeeming by Brian Johnston

  • Ayman Parray (11/16/2015 3:09:00 PM)

    A really good, honest poem, Brian. It has touched my heart. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 16, 2015

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