If I Ran the World

As I looked through the collection of poetry that I have written over the years, I find that my poems generally fit in two categories: faith or working-through-it.” Sometimes, they fit both categories. When things require some deep excavating or when a new discovery thrills me, poetry is what seems to flow out of my brain. The act of sorting to find just the right word, feeling, or picture not only requires me to makes some choices that will be part of the “new me.” This one reflects my relief that God is in charge, and I’m not.

If I ran the world I would choose:

adoration over abstinence,

beauty over bravery,

cameos over character,

desire over deliberation,

entertainment over endurance,

fulfillment over frustration,

gifted over growth,

happy over hearty,

id over instructive,

joy over justice,

keep over keen,

lovely over lonely,

me-centric over maternal,

now over next time,

opinion over orientation,

peaceful over painful,

quick fix over quiescence,

return over restitution,

satisfaction over striving,

temptation over temperance,

unaware over upset,

victory over vying,

wealth over want,

X factor over xray,

yes over yearn, and

zenith over zeal.

The result would be shallow-rooted and stunted, with no knowledge of

cause and effect,

strength in weakness,

peace in the storm,

contentment in all situations, or

joy in the journey.

Because He reigns, I am learning to


depend on,

live for,

love like,

trust in, and

grow in God.

Hallelujah! The Lord reigns!

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