Sunday, November 06, 2011


Moss and lichen slowly mar
Monuments we’d made to last.
We can liken every scar
To our lives, so quickly past.

Deep beneath are mold and dust,
Bones that know no movement now.
I am growing old, but trust
God will raise me up somehow.

Jesus pioneered the way--
Rose in victory and lives!
He will come again some day,
And I'll share the life he gives.

So is it with the resurrection of the dead.
What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.

--1 Corinthians 15:42 ESV

My thanks to Tess at Magpie Tales for the image. For other people's thoughts prompted by the same image, follow the link.

See also Sir Walter Raleigh's Epitaph, from which I borrowed a rhyme.


Kathy Bischoping said...

I initially read "Rose in victory" as referring to the flower, in conjunction with the carving on the monument. It worked too! Though I think it is Mary who is most often likened to a rose.

Nice reworking of the Raleigh. Thank you for including that link. I tend to think of him as more the tobacco guy than a poet.

Jim Swindle said...

Kathy Bischoping, thanks for the thoughtful comment. I'm neither mystical enough nor creative enough to use "rose" to represent Jesus or Mary :-) . As for Raleigh, yes, I was surprised when I first came across Raleigh's epitaph.

Margaret said...

Moss and lichen slowly mar
Monuments we’d made to last.

Excellent... And sometimes the oversights work in our favor... as in the use of Rose! :)

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

love it esp the last two lines...


Brian Miller said...

nice word play in this one the rose and also the monuments we build for ourselves...there is a vast difference...good job on bringing the scripture alive today...

dfish said...

Isn't it great to know that it doesn't end with the end of earthly life? I'll spend eternity with him.

Jim Swindle said...

Margaret, you're right about oversights.
JJ Roa Rodriguez, welcome! That's our certain expectation, if we trust the real Jesus.
Brian Miller, thanks for the encouragement.
dfish, yes.

Dave King said...

I like this very much. It smacks of sincerity.

Tess Kincaid said...


Carrie Burtt said...

Love the beautiful and true message in your words Jim! :)

~T~ said...

Very nice!

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Although an athiest, your poetry here is to be much admired - it is wonderful!

Anna o]

Jim Swindle said...

Dave King, Tess Kincaid, Carrie Burtt and ~T~, thanks for the encouragement.
HyperCRIPTICal, thanks for your honest comment. I pray that you and some other readers of this blog will some day come to know the one God who's revealed himself through Jesus. You're very welcome here--and, although I enjoy hearing positive comments like yours, people are also welcome to tell me if they think a particular poem is bad poetry. ;-)

Southwest Arkie said...

Very nice- and I love that bible verse.

The Gooseberry Garden said...

very neat.