April 20, 2017

 

The Tormentor

 

“Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!
But woe to you, O earth and sea,
for the devil has come down to you in great wrath,
because he knows that his time is short!”

 

Revelation 12:12

 

a thousand lashes softly wound
unnoticed midst larger trial
tiny whips each drawing blood
unseen, unheard by kindred soul
(with pain their own, as hid)
yet decrease joy, distract sight
from the glory that is promised
cause saint and sinner alike to cry
their endless heartrending “Why?”
whose answer rests upon each hope