Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 97,136 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Today With Faith - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

If I had committed my efforts,
To pretend I was without doubt or fear...
All my attempts would have been,
Pretentiously and with intent...
To seek excuses made,
As I hesitated to face obstacles.
With a leaving of my efforts to explain away,
To others awaiting to embrace my fears.
And I allowed myself too many times in the past,
Listening to others who gave up on their tasks...
Because of the unknown.

And one day it occurred to me,
As I listened to those claiming to be faithful.
With a knowing of God wished them to do.
And as I listened to those claiming to be faithful,
To pray to God no one yet 'said' to have met...
How faithful could they be?
If they allowed fear to stop their steps?
How faithful could they be?
If their faith is not tested?

If I had committed my efforts,
To pretend I was without doubt or fear...
All my attempts would have been,
Pretentiously and with intent...
To seek excuses made,
As I hesitated to face obstacles.

Today with faith,
I fear no obstacles in my way.
Today with kept faith,
I can not say all my doubts have been chased away!
But I can say with faith to keep and stay,
I think less of what 'may' or may not happen.
To experience whatever it is.
With it believed what is not shown to me,
Is not unknown to God.

'What is it that you have that you keep everyday? '

Kept faith!

'What is it that you have tested everyday? '

Kept faith.

'What is it that you have you know will stay? '

Kept faith.

'What is it that you have you know wont fade? '

Kept faith.

'And...
What is it that you think about and with it craved? '

Kept faith.

'And...
What is it that you think about and with it craved? '

Kept faith.

'And...
What is it that you think about and with it craved? '

Kept faith.

Topic(s) of this poem: faith


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Poem Edited: Sunday, August 24, 2014


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