September 16, 1997

 

The Unburdening

 

it’s too easy, sometimes

to slip the harness on

of ways once forsaken

too simple to walk along

a road more desired than attractive

when the bones that mark the way

have been forgotten

 

its siren song calls

and beguilingly tempts

strength unwillingly strong

to simply walk along

with pleasures too subtle for fearing

as deadly as the greatest sin

man has e’er conceived

 

strength, its weakness found

too late demands redress

from a foe uncaring

who trades alone in death

with traps and snares and iron hooks

our heart’s desires ensnaring

in his evil web

 

yet, condemned to death,

a stream of blood is found

from One who died for all

and lives and grants us grace

frees from chains of death the slave

now adopted to the house of

heaven's mighty King