People Poems are dedicated to people who, for one reason or another, have distinguished themselves in my life. People Poem 3 is dedicated to Tanya Cliff who has supported me and encouraged me ever since I started this blog. Her comments on my writing have been most welcome and our on- / off-line conversations have led us in many delightful directions. More important, perhaps, in my post-cancer recovery stage: Tanya’s daily quotes from the Bible, some of them very apt [Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (ISA 46:4, NIV)], have reminded me of a faith that I have never lost. Thank you, Tanya, for your enthusiasm, for your encouragement, for the moments we have shared, and for reminding me of the power of that faith. Please accept this poem and this bouquet of e-flowers as my tribute and acknowledgement of my debt to you.
In the Cave
Gower / Gwyr
I do not understand these things.
I have had few visions;
no bush has actually burned for me.
Though I have sat in this cave for many a day
there has been no thunder, no earthquake,
and no thin, small voice has called my name.
I have only heard the wind and the waves
and the sigh of the sea-birds endlessly flying.
Who set the curlew’s cry between my lips?
Who dashed the salt taste from my tongue?
I will never forget the wet sand foaming between my toes
nor the cracked rock crumbling under my hand…
… yet I never fell,
nor was I trapped by the sea below.
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