Poetry

‘Patience’ and other poems by John Zurn

By: John Zurn

Patience

Patience is often seen as a burden
When “now” is the proof of achievement.
Faster is better and newer means more,
And first is the measure of greatness.
Impatient to raise my own self-esteem,
I trust in the world as a mirror.
Patience is lost when I rush to be
The image my thoughts have created.

Even today my patience is challenged
By thoughts and feelings that flood my day.
Sometimes I think my soul is the master
But then I get angry and lose my way.
Yet even now as I stumble and weep,
I fail to recall God’s patience with me.

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Patience

Patience is often seen as a burden
When “now” is the proof of achievement.
Faster is better and newer means more,
And first is the measure of greatness.
Impatient to raise my own self-esteem,
I trust in the world as a mirror.
Patience is lost when I rush to be
The image my thoughts have created.

Even today my patience is challenged
By thoughts and feelings that flood my day.
Sometimes I think my soul is the master
But then I get angry and lose my way.
Yet even now as I stumble and weep,
I fail to recall God’s patience with me.

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Love

Love has the power to trust in the heart
When life is a wasteland of reason.
Love has the courage to help someone else
When greed is the measure of freedom.
Love is forgiveness that also forgets,
So mercy means more than conditions.
Love is the wisdom that doesn’t expect,
So life is a seamless surrender.

Some say that this love is truly naïve,
Since life is a fierce competition.
They stress that the truth is won by degrees,
So love is a childish emotion.
Yet love is the source of beauty and light,
And God is the Lover who calls in the night.

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