This poem is based on Psalm 36:9, which is the first two lines in this poem.
“For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light do we see light.”
This is what the psalmist says.
Before the fountain, where do I stand?
The water spouts upward toward heaven
and patters down like clapping hands.
The wind, intermittently, sprinkles leftover drops
across my face, wishing for more.
O God, where do I stand?
Idly by for intermittent mercy?
Perhaps I step into the waters
and sink into its depths?
Yes, step into the waters,
but in Your fountain I shan’t sink,
for on Your waters You let me stand,
Your enduring mercy showering down.
In Your mercy I ne’er drown,
but allowed to breathe away
from the sea of darkness,
Your grace rippling throughout.