Bolivar and San Martin: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Joy of Remembrance

In the confusion of ecstasy
I almost forgot how this began:
a smile, an introduction,
a series of brief "hello's"

As I came to know you
the mantle of silence
receded from my life,
and I marveled at glimpses
of your beauty as though
they were sunrises
breaking upon the world.

Each step we took together
helped lead to this moment.
This peace we have created
defies the somber themes of our time.

I only sit back, and smile,
and remember all my years of longing.
For I have relinquished all doubts,
and my river of wanting has run dry.

These Three Remain

Before I knew you, I did not know faith,
I trusted in my steadfast pride alone.
I wandered, cold and lifeless as a wraith
Until you came and made God's greatness known.
Before I knew you, I did not know hope,
I ran fast in pursuit of vain desire.
It seemed that peace lay far beyond my scope,
Until you brought the peace that I require.
Before I knew you, I did not know love,
My life was long a hollow, aimless dream.
I spurned the blessings sent from up above
Until you came and taught the word "redeem"
Faith, hope, and love remain and by these three
You breathed the gift of new life into me.