Thursday, September 09, 2010

What You See



What you see is what you see,
But it isn't what there is.
You can see the outside-paint,
Window panes, a draping cloth--
But you seldom see the core,
Deep where people thrive or die.
Walls and windows hide the heart.
Is it dead and dirty, dark?
Or are lights on, shining bright?
Walls and windows hide the heart.

...Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
--1 Samuel 16:7, ESV

My thanks to Magpie Tales for the image that prompted this poem. You can follow the link to see other people's impressions of it.

17 comments:

cosmoscami said...

Excellent.
I really like the tie in to Samuel.

Tumblewords: said...

Very nice!

Susannah said...

I really liked the lines...

"But you seldom see the core,
Deep where people thrive or die."

Very powerful and very true!

Jim Swindle said...

Cosmoscami, thanks for the affirmation.

Tumblewords, thanks.

Susannah, I'm glad you liked those lines. I see people all around me either thriving or dying.

Doc FTSE said...

Not of any religion myself, Jim, but I sense the thrust and conviction of this intense piece.

kathew said...

walls and windows hide the heart- I especially like this line.
Thoughtful words

Jinksy said...

The ability to have 'lights on in the heart' does not depend on religious conviction, but on personal awareness. But interesting observations, nevertheless.

Martin H. said...

So very often, the better qualities are hidden within.

senderupwords said...

"But it isn't what it is..." Great line. Great Magpie. Bisous, Love and Light, Sender

willow said...

The eyes are the windows of the soul. Nice piece, Jim.

Brian Miller said...

and sometimes we build those walls to hide...nice mag.

Jim Swindle said...

Doc FTSE, thanks for commenting--and for seeing intensity.

Kathew, I think those were my favorite words in the poem.

Jinksy, thanks for stopping by. I've known and loved people of various religions and of no religion. Yet there's a light that comes from the Holy Spirit.

Martin - Yes, yes. Both the good and the bad are often hidden.

Sender, thanks. I had to look up "bisous."

Willow, thanks. You have very creative eyes to come up with these photos.

Brian, thanks.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Beautiful, Jim, lover of light.
This touched me.

Rene

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Rene. Oh, to walk in the light!

~T~ said...

So true!

Helen said...

I'm hoping that somehow a tiny window will open up in that wall hiding the heart ... nicely written, Jim.

Jim Swindle said...

~T~, thanks for stopping by.

Helen, God can put expanding windows into that wall.