To love the unlovable
is a tall order.
Yet that’s the recipe
to quench God’s thirst.

In my own Meribah*
like the psalmist I cry
Where is God?
In the dryness of prayer
I thirst for the flowing water
of God’s love.

Called to be holy
moving from darkness to light
is an adventure in time,
seeking the face of God
in fleeting seconds of hope
pulsing with desire for
a taste of the divine.

The turquoise layered sea of dreams
stretches far from coconut palms
slapped into submission
by a wonton, wild wind.
Prayers bob up and down
on an expanse of expectation
listening to a sonata of sounds
soon crumpled by
waves of doubt.

I pack and unpack
a suitcase of myriad thoughts
allowing the streetlights
to filter through
the thin drapes of my mind
detaching from clinging clusters
of a bottomless cup.

Lord, I am open
to your amazing possibilities
staring at me
as I sip on the nectar of love.

*Meribah – place of testing; Psalm 81:8

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 08:28h, 13 May Reply

    A thoughtful journey, beautifully shared.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 09:09h, 13 May Reply

    Sharing in gratitude of your beautiful thoughts, poem and picture of thirsting for God’s love. Truly your words spoke to us, for some of our spiritual mind during this trying time. Thank you Viola.

    We will continue to pray and listen to God’s call. I love your poem !

  • Peter Bisson SJ
    Posted at 09:09h, 13 May Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 09:45h, 13 May Reply

    Viola expresses her search for the divine in truly inspired verse. Bravo!

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 09:56h, 13 May Reply

    Thanks Viola, those words reach deep into my spirit. So refreshing!

  • Fay Vaz
    Posted at 10:18h, 13 May Reply

    Once again, you have expressed thoughts and feelings so very deeply. Excellently portrayed.
    You are a blessed writer.

  • Dominicus Susilo
    Posted at 12:02h, 13 May Reply

    Oh my, oh my; you have beautifully yet factually illustrated the experiences of most of Christ followers. Thank you, Viola, for helping me cry out to The Father the “sound of heart”, that comes up from time to time.

  • Ana Maria Rodriguez
    Posted at 14:21h, 13 May Reply

    To sip in the nectar of love….. what a beautiful thought…. I am sure GOD loves it. Pack and unpack…. but never away there we are for them Father Son and Holly Spirit… and They are for us…. A story of love excellently expressed by you … Thank You Viola for sharing this poem and make us feel the daily call from God …..

  • Bonnie azevedo
    Posted at 16:25h, 13 May Reply

    So beautifully expressed your thoughts, to listen to God’s love! Yes I can relate!
    This is my favourite poem thanks for sharing God bless you.

  • Sue Boguszewski
    Posted at 01:36h, 14 May Reply

    Written like a Psalm. Beautiful, and very visual. Thought provoking and a great insight into prayer.
    Can’t wait to read more of your work.

  • Tonis
    Posted at 08:52h, 14 May Reply

    May God bless you for reaching out and sharing such a beautiful poem, what a wonderful way for me to start my day and a reminder to listen to Gods daily call, blessings, silvia and tonis.

  • alicja debowski
    Posted at 10:22h, 14 May Reply

    Dear Viola!
    It is beautiful.
    I love it.
    You are so Blessed with so many talents.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Linda Garner
    Posted at 16:06h, 14 May Reply

    Thanks for sharing a beautiful poem that brings meaningful thoughts of what God asks of us.

  • vivian Macedo
    Posted at 06:19h, 16 May Reply

    Hi Viola Dearest !!

    This is your Mom – Jean Rego’s – Cousin Vivian Macedo, Germany – Skype Name — vivmarjoe –
    Robin had sent me your Beautiful Prosaic Verses and I was absolutely thrilled to see that you had such enormous Talent – INDEED !!
    If you remember me at all – We knew your Mum and Dad very well – Clary and Jean were certainly BEINGS just EVERYONE HAD to be fond of !!

    I do PRAY that we keep in touch and Share some of our thoughts.
    Robert is our Son who studied ( M.A. ) Philosophy and Linguistics at the University Of Paderborn – Germany, and Liane is my German wife ( 78 ).

    Keep in touch Viola dearest Cousin – we will Pray that with Almighty God’s Holy Will, Corona bypasses all of US and our families ? YES we will !!
    Take care my love.
    We hope to hear from you soon. Love to Robin too. I know very little about all of you in the US and Canada. CU ?
    Vivian Liane and Robert

  • Linda Rego
    Posted at 01:14h, 18 May Reply

    Thank you again Viola. You write so very visually, I can relate to that. Beautiful thoughts.
    Love to you!

  • Ana. Maria
    Posted at 21:03h, 06 December Reply


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