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God's Dynamic Steps: A Poetic Form

by Joseph Spence Sr

Professor Joseph S. Spence Sr. created God’s Dynamic Steps poetry form on October 3,  2007, while studying English literature, creative writing, poetry, and mythology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. It is an uplifting poem of grace elevating the persona and aura of a person to reach higher heights in God’s grace. One must visualize elevating and moving upward and not downward.  The concept is similar to climbing Jacob’s Ladder to reach heaven with acts of graciousness and noble deeds pleasing to God. In essence, it represents elevating thoughts of oneself, going up a set of stairs or a ladder to reach higher levels of God’s inspirational grace.

The poem begins with a title consisting of five syllables. For example, “Reaching God Through Steps.”  This title is perfect and is illustrated below. The foundation of the poem is the principle of five. Each line of the poem has five syllables moving up with a rhyming sequence.  There is a total of five steps moving upward. The poem ends on the fifth step with the rhyming sequence. This final step of five syllables represents reaching a plateau of God’s graciousness.

This is an example of “Reaching God Through Steps.”

                         Trusting Him always./

                   Tell God you’ll stay./

            From His loving ways./

     Stay His course; don’t stray./

Praise God every day./

Note that the poem starts on the bottom level of the steps with five syllables. It moves upward for five steps with a rhyming sequence. Use a period and a slash to indicate the end of each line. For example, each of the following lines begins with a capital letter for a total of five lines. Each line has five syllables ending with a period and a slash. The fifth line ends the poem with the rhyming sequence.

The principle of “Reaching God’s Through Steps” should be consistent in the elevation of thoughts and actions. Therefore, there is consistency in thoughts and actions as the steps reach higher. Finally, the concluding fifth line indicates the person has reached the desired destination; thus, concluding the poem.

Another example of “God’s Dynamic Steps” is below. This one has the title of “For His Love I Search.”

                              Coming from above./

                       His abiding love./

               Hold His graceful love./

        Find His precious love./

Search now for His love./

Finally, be consistent with the principle of five and the rhyming sequence.  For example: The title has five syllables. Each line has five syllables. There is a total of five steps to ascend. The poem ends on the fifth line or step with also five syllables and rhyming sequence.

Many years ago, starting from the St. Catherine Monastery at the base of Mount Saini with my special operations brothers, we started a non-stop race to the top of the mount. We never looked down; however, we could hear rocks falling over the ledge. Arriving at the top, I reached for my canteen to take a drink. A monk looked at me moved his head from left to right, also his finger. He ushered me to follow him. Led me to where Moses struck the rock and told me to drink. It was most refreshing. I emptied my canteen and filled it with Moses water. Now at the top, I thanked him, continued looking up and out over the land. I imagined the climb Moses had at his age coming up and back down.

Paul the apostle states, “Forgetting what is behind, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ.” Never look down my brothers and sisters. Hold your head high and keep pressing forward to the highest mark.

Remember the words of the first man to reached the top of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary,  after he failed to reach the top in 1952. “I will come again and conquer you because as a mountain, you can’t grow, but as a human, I can!” He completed his mission on May 29, 1953. So keep looking up and moving forward. Don’t let anyone keep you looking down and moving backward.

Recently, a friend notified me, who is also a member of Poetry Soup, about their request for new poetry forms submission. I thanked him very much for the notification and made my submission. Some days later, another friend notified me, who is a member of Poetry Soup and Facebook. He stated, “My poetry form is accepted, and I saw yours.” He was correct. Poetry Soup accepted my poetry form for listing on their site so other poets could use it when writing poems. I thanked him also.

The Bible addresses the subject of God’s Watchmen. “For thus the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth” (Isaiah 21:6). Watchmen for God provide warning to his people. The Bible also states, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house: therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 3:17). I thanked my brothers for their words.

In his book, Dutch Sheets, the best-selling author of Intercessory Prayers, states, “Keen observers tend to survive, as do companions of keen observers. However, our spiritual survival often hangs by a slender thread, dependent on the eyesight and insight of watchmen on the walls. Watchman Prayer is like vitamin A for spiritual eyesight—an eye test for watchmen who, with shielded eyes, peer into the mist of eternity” (Watchmen Prayer, 2019).

Please have a great day and God’s richest grace and blessings to you, your loved ones, and family members always!

“The higher reality of consciousness enhances peace, love, harmony, and happiness in our  hearts with actions we connectively and collectively accomplished through faith.”

– His Excellency, Professor, Commissioner, Ambassador, Dr. Joseph S. Spence Sr. USA (Epulaeryu Master)!

© Professor, Ambassador, Dr. Joseph S. Spence Sr. the USA (Epulaeryu Master)!

Citation: Spence Sr, Joseph S. Sincerely Speaking Spiritually. WestBow Press, 2020.

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