This poem was inspired by Psalm 139:13-16.
Why can’t anybody love me?
I reach for love and grasp at nothing.
Or I hold on for a little while,
and inevitably it floats away
as I fall into the pit of despair.
What is joy, that it flees from me?
I am numb to smiles and hugs,
for all joy is fleeting.
What is the point in living
when everyone inevitably betrays you?
All I am is a burden.
If I die, it will be a favour
to all cursed enough to know me.
Let me play the Devil’s chord:
raise the blade and cut the string.
But lo, with a loud voice came God’s aria:
“I formed you in your mother’s womb;
every part of you I know fully.
I am with you, wherever you are;
I have loved you before time.”
Thus, He took me and washed me
in His cleansing waters,
giving me a heart and spirit anew
and the inheritance of eternal life
through His Son Jesus Christ.
Therefore, I have the eternal hope
of life everlasting, and a place
my Lord is preparing for me.
Thus now I live with this hope
even under threat of death.