nature, Religious


“You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

Shut away inside this silken crypt
I long for undulation on the pavements
wriggling up trunks and along branches
munching leaf to leaf.

Those carefree sunny days
have given way to terror
as motionless, deaf and blind
I feel Your acid-enzyme melt my heart
liquefy all that is earth-bound.

So I abandon any hope of preservation
as, redefined and reinvented
in this dark and secret vault
I’m given a new heart, antenna, legs – and wings?

Entombed–for what?
It’s surely death.
Could it also be
a new and unimagined life?

© 2005 by Violet Nesdoly


“Transformation” won honorable mention in the 2005 Utmost Christian Writers Poetry Contest.

2 thoughts on “Transformation”

  1. Hi Violet,

    I appreciate this poem on so many levels.

    Thank you for adding “Poems from Oostburg…” to your Poem Sites. We just added your link to my “Blogroll.” All these wonderful new words to learn!


  2. Thank you so much! And you’re most welcome for the link – and thanks for giving me a link in return. You’ll love blogging, despite the new vocab – it’s a lot of fun!


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