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God's Strength, God's Word, God's Love

trijan refrain 

The heart half full means something’s wrong -
the Spirit’s oil runs low.
When emptied, broken, we are strong
refilled, and ready so -
God’s strength can fix a heart gone dull
our selfish contents He can cull.
       God’s strength restores
       God’s strength restores
each day to keep our mark on full. 

The heart half full means needs may go
unmet by God’s own grace.
We’re called to let our fellows know
that they can win this race.
God’s Word abounds with help each day,
it must be read to find the Way.
       God’s Word abounds
       God’s Word abounds
to fill the empty hearts who stray.

The heart half full calls us to prayer,
it’s time to take a break.
Engaged with work, no time to spare
another’s thirst to slake?
God’s love pours forth when we look up
and ask for wisdom in our cup. 
       God’s love pours forth
       God’s love pours forth
enough to share, our neighbors sup.

written by Reason A. Poteet
posted September 19, 2014


**I realize this is a combination of iambic verse in tetrameter, trimeter, and dimeter but that is the requirement for a trijan refrain, a variable line length. If it does not meet the rules of your contest, I will understand.

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Date: 10/23/2014 7:29:00 PM
I am convinced this is the best poem of yours that I have read. Strait to faves. Great topic, great form, great thoughts.
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Date: 11/7/2014 8:43:00 PM
Thank You, Isaiah, what you've said encourages me to keep writing. Hopefully, I will improve with time and experience. I appreciate your contests as well as Giorgio's which are always a challenge.
Date: 10/15/2014 8:58:00 AM
I have traveled the North sea several times. It is one of my favourite places in the word. You will love the atmosphere you will find. I pray that I will be healthy enough to go next September. That's my goal. I am putting this in my FAVOURITE LIST.
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Date: 9/30/2014 11:42:00 AM
beautifully penned many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 9/30/2014 1:57:00 PM
Thank you, Jan,
Date: 9/30/2014 5:51:00 AM
Congratulations on your lovely winning poem Reason. This is so beautiful.
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Date: 9/30/2014 2:31:00 PM
Hi, again, Brenda, appreciate your loving comments on my work. Read your Island of Sylt with great interest and then looked it up online. We will traverse the North Sea next May as we celebrate our 40th anniversary with a trip to Europe. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for a word of your favorite getaway island. Well done. Congratulations on your placement in
Date: 9/30/2014 5:32:00 AM
I don't know much about the meter, but the right on faith, Reason
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Date: 9/30/2014 2:37:00 PM
Thank you, Dr. Ram. My background and long years of practice at the piano has made iambic much easier because I feel the beat with a passion.
Date: 9/21/2014 9:19:00 PM
Beautiful Reason. Rate 7. Verlena
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Date: 9/30/2014 2:10:00 PM
Thanks, Verleana, just read your "God Sent These Words" and there will always be that element who refuses to believe despite the miraculous and the deeply spiritual acts of God...We must witness to the goodness of our Lord; but in the end, it is up to every man to accept it for himself. The parent cannot decide for the child nor vice-versa. Pardon the sermon. Appreciate the comment and rating.