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This Was My Fall

Just a slight echo in the distance
But in the next blink–the next breath
The fight had come to my front door
The ocean churned with greedy malice
Searching for another waiting casualty
Rain pelted loudly the roof with more fury
Than the most volatile of man’s aerial assaults
Anger and defiance burned my throat
Jaw clenched tight until my teeth threatened to merge
I have never suffered loss in battle
No one has ever got the better of me
I step into the colors of storms raging
The fullness of my rage boiling to the brim
This house I have built for myself
Is the sum of my striving, the totality of existence
Fists raised, I fight as all men do
I fight the wind crashing around me
Sand and water fill my lungs, swallow me whole
Currents like thousands of hands reach for my legs
But I’m not done, the sneer of defiance still fresh
I emerge from the tempest and strength fails at the sight
The splendor I had built, gone in the waves
The loneliness of those breaths resounded in the silence
As I watch the storm march on, indifferent but effective,
Rain and sweat fall from my brow–this was my fall
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Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” –Matthew 7:26-27

A Warrior Poet Circle post.

10 Comments

  1. Powerful description. As I read, I was reminded of an song that says:

    “The earth all around is sinking sand -- on Christ the solid rock I stand. When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the rock.” -- from “I Go to the Rock”, The Crabb Family
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Flipping for itMy Profile

    • I love that song. Over and over we run to the Rock and we build our lives on His faithfulness! Thank you, Dusty.

  2. Creative genius… That was moving! It’s all about us when we seek to build our homes and empires without the wisdom of God as the foundation… Lest we forget it is all temporary… Awesome, Jason.

    • Funny, I hesitated putting it in the 1st person, but I think it makes it more urgent. Thanks for the encouragement, Floyd!

  3. I don’t want to be foolish. I’m tired of wasting my time and God’s. Lately my prayer has been for God to change my desires/will to match His.

    • I know He answers those prayers. We can do things out of ignorance and He is faithful to “remodel” but He is the Rock of our salvation, no changing that. Interesting note: I once heard someone talk about the Hebrew meaning of “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” He said the actual meaning is not that we get whatever we want, but that He gives us the desire for all that He wants. That’s so good! All we do is delight in our Father and He steers and produces those desires within us that we cannot muster up ourselves. Thanks TC.

  4. Another great one, Jason. I love that you share your poetry here for us to read!
    Jason Vana recently posted..Healing SilenceMy Profile

    • Thanks so much, Jason. It’s great to be able to change things up and share different expressions. Makes me relate and ‘feel’ in a different way. Glad it’s good for more than just me. 🙂 Thanks again.

  5. Man that is awesome
    philip recently posted..GivingMy Profile

    • Thanks Philip. 🙂

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