The Parting of Storm Clouds: A Poem

June 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm (Poetry) ()


The Parting of Storm Clouds: A Poem

To know something one has never truly known before
To experience something one has never truly experienced before
is actually a rarity when one reaches a certain age
so when it actually happens
It’s a knowledge one can’t really articulate
an experience one can’t really describe
until one has actually been there
When skies are stormy and then quickly pass
one is somewhat grateful for the light
but when skies are stormy and it looks like the storm clouds are never going to pass
then one is truly and extraordinarily grateful when the light appears
When George Bailey stared into the abyss in those icy waters below the bridge in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life
He was indeed looking into the abyss
The abyss of hopelessness
The abyss of despair
The abyss of no return
The abyss Dante would have called Hell
It’s the most terrifying feeling in the world to look into that abyss
So terrifying that when Our Lord saw it as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, if it’s possible let this cup pass from me”
An abyss so terrifying that even Christ Himself was afraid
But George Bailey had friends who prayed for him as he stared into that abyss
Christ had the Apostle John, His Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene
who prayed for Him
George Bailey fell into the icy waters and an angel pulled him out
Christ descended into Hell and the third day He rose again from the dead
in a body that would now live forever
One never knows what it’s like to be at that moment when one does stare into the abyss
One fears such a moment
The amazing thing is when one experiences that actual moment
The moment one is actually about to be plunged into the abyss
and then suddenly somehow one is actually inexplicably miraculously pulled out of that abyss
when one thinks one’s faith is even less than the grain of mustard seed required
then one experiences the greatest miracle of all
a miracle that can be felt only by those who have looked deep into the abyss
and then somehow inexplicably have been pulled out
Do not ask for this test, my friends
for it is indeed the most terrifying moment of all
That moment when one looks deep into the Abyss
The Abyss of hopelessness
The Abyss of despair
The Abyss of no return
The abyss of Hell
although the next moment
The moment one is actually pulled out of the Abyss
Is the most glorious feeling in the world
No other moment in life can compare to it
No other moment in my life can compare to it
but it is indeed the most glorious miracle of all
The miracle to realize that when skies are stormy and quickly pass
one is somewhat grateful for the light
but when skies are stormy and it looks like storm clouds are never going to pass
And then they DO pass
Then one is TRULY grateful for the light.
-A poem written by Christopher
Tuesday June 7th 2016.

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8 Comments

  1. Hyperion said,

    I can’t speak for you or anyone else. I’ve stared in many an abyss and fell into the bottom of most. There is never just one abyss in one’s life. There are a series of them and each time, the strong heart and determined mind fears less and less the bottomless pit. The true meaning of hope is found at the bottom of the pit and the true meaning of thankfulness and gratefulness is found on the way up again. Find hope and experience the gratitude of making it to better days.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, there seem to be many abysses in one’s life.

      The abyss you have to worry about peering into which one might have a little trouble crawling out again is the abyss from which Abadon the Destroyer emerges.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, seeing Abadon the Destroyer would have me backpedaling furiously. But, if I peered in and Sherrielock Holmes peered out, it wouldn’t be so bad. πŸ˜›

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, seeing Sherrielock Holmes wouldn’t be so bad. πŸ˜€

      • Hyperion said,

        Seeing Sherrielock would be a joy if the previous abyss had a Kraken in it licking it’s beak and smiling at you. I guess it’s all relative to what awaits you at the bottom of the pit. I’m thinking the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders would actually be fun to pitch oneself in the middle of.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Being in the middle of the Dallas Cheerleaders would be something to cheer about. πŸ™‚

      • Hyperion said,

        I think that would pretty much clear my bucket list. πŸ™‚

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        LOL !

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