A House Reborn

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The strength of the oak trees beckoned,
       The faded, grey clapboard
    And windowless house, sobbed;
A lesser man would have turned away.

      He rejoiced at the challenge,
      Labouring step by step until
That broken house became a home.

For a decade this land had been -
        His heart’s desire;
God had granted this gift to him.
          And then –
His heart stopped beating.

          His time had come
          And he slipped away,
No doubt, somewhat content
God had permitted this dream;
    Fulfilling so many hopes
    That lay within his heart.
    
The earth was frozen over
When she found him, lying cold
   Upon his earthly paradise.
   He had left her suddenly,
     Without a good-bye
   But at the will of His Father
Who knew his time was now complete.

  The grace of God surrounded her,
     And faithful friends provided
The strength to live this winter through;
         Trusting that the Lord -
            Always knows best.

Joan Levy Earle is an author and artist living in Cornwall, Ontario. She is the former Associate Editor of the Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine.

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6 Comments
  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 01:16h, 24 September Reply

    Thank you Joan!

  • Dennis McCloskey
    Posted at 07:40h, 24 September Reply

    What a lovely, lyrical legacy to Joan’s husband, Jack Earle.

  • Darcy Mann
    Posted at 09:20h, 24 September Reply

    I certainly could read you’re story in this poem.

  • Suzanne Cavers
    Posted at 10:54h, 24 September Reply

    Beautiful, Joan

    Tonight will surely be a blessing>
    L&P Suzanne

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 08:16h, 03 October Reply

    I was deeply moved by this poem of trust and hope.

  • Alva Grant
    Posted at 10:47h, 04 October Reply

    I always love and appreciate anything that Ms. Earle produces, it is top quality and a great read, continued successes are sent your way, Ms. Joan.

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