Posted by: ritagone | January 7, 2015

We Are All Poems!


I love poetry.

It has been called language at its most distilled and most powerful, and it certainly is that.

It is also language at its most beautiful.

You and I are poetry. I’ll bet you haven’t thought of yourself that way, have you, as a poem, a vibrant distillation of words and language that has meaning and force and that paints a picture which is graphic and definite.

I recently read British theologian N.T. Wright’s tiny but amazing little book “The Case For the Psalms,” and in there is this fabulous quote that I’d like to share with you at the beginning of a new year, because I think honestly it has the power to affect your entire 2015:

Wright says: “One final word before we press on. Paul speaks at one point of Christians as ‘God’s poem,’ God’s ‘art-work.’ We are his ‘workmanship,’ say some of the translations of Ephesians 2:10. The Greek word Paul uses there is poiema, the very word from which the English word ‘poem’ is derived. God gives us these poems, the Psalms, as a gift, in order that through our praying and singing of them he may give us as a gift to the world. We are called to be living, breathing, praying, singing poems.

There are, of course, different types of poems. Some of us, perhaps, are sonnets. Some are haikus, or even limericks. Some are long, epic narrative poems. Some of us are in strict form, complete with rhymes. Some of us are in blank or free verse. The Psalms themselves come in many shapes and forms, because God wants people-poems of many shapes and forms. And he wants this rich variety so that through it all he may challenge the small and sterile imagination of his wider world.”

I have read this quote over and over again recently, because it speaks such volumes to my heart and soul. We are all – each and every one of us – a poem of one sort or another, long or short, free verse or rhyming, funny like a limerick (“There once was a lady from Cork…”) or poignant like a well-formed fourteen-line sonnet (“How do I love thee?”).   Because poetry is part of my fondly remembered educational background, this really resonates with me. I “get it.” To say that we’re each different by virtue of fingerprints, well, that’s fine, but so what? So there are no two snowflakes that are alike either? That’s wonderful.

But to tell me that God creates each one of us as a different poem really speaks to me, because I love poetry. I love the simplicity of it, the terseness of it, the ability to say so much in such a few simple, elegantly chosen words. That God would take the time to form me as a poem means something to me.

I hope it does to you.

But if this analogy or metaphor or word picture doesn’t do it for you, find what does. Make 2015 the year that you find and relish a metaphor for how God personalizes His relationship with each and every one of us, including yourself.

I guarantee that it will bring you closer to your Creator than before, allow you to appreciate His vastness and His uniqueness and how He sees the world He has made, and you, small yet significant in that world.

And that’s a pretty major accomplishment in any given year and poetry to my ears!



  1. Love this !!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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