Category: Grief

The Psalms and Short Poems

For the Psalms 2020 series, I worked with the King James Version of the Bible. I enjoyed reprinting some verses in the form of a short poem.

Two examples:

Be thou exalted, LORD,
in thine own strength:
so will we sing and praise thy power.

Psalm 21: 13

Post from March 29, 2020

Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength,
and my redeemer.

Psalm 19: 14

Post from March 28, 2020

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Perhaps because

perhaps because
it is Autumn
I think of my mother

the season when
her last illness
began many years ago
and the trees
outside her hospital
window

I read to her
from the Psalms
and poets she would
know from long ago
and new poets too

most of all
I remember her faith
and unconditional love
that is with me still

From the Psalms:

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty:
neither do I exercise myself in great matters,
or in things too high for me.

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself,
as a child that is weaned of his mother:
my soul is even as a weaned child.

Psalm 131: 1 – 2





From Psalm 4

Hear me when I call,
O God of my righteousness:

thou hast enlarged me
when I was in distress;

have mercy upon me, and
hear my prayer.

Psalm 4: 1 (KJV)
I arranged the lines for this post, from the archives.

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From Psalm 27

Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27: 14

Ellen Grace Olinger