Only You

Source: Sister Susan Moran,n, Co-Founder "Out of the Colc."
I tiptoe gently
into the forgotten yesterdays
of my life,
and find you
enveloped in mystery
like a city
lost in the fog of uncertainty
waiting for the sunlight
to scatter the shadows.

I knew you once
as only a child knows
wondering, waiting
for morning to be born,
and then much later
I arrived at your doorstep,
and you invited me
into the symphony
of sharing
the agony and the ecstasy
of life’s journey
so trying and so exhilarating,
for between each
sunrise and sunset
lies the day
that the Lord has made,
and we are called
to rejoice
and be glad in it.

In the spirituality of waiting
I grew up
and saw another you,
touched by life’s wounds
healed by God’s love,
and now know without a doubt
that we are kindred spirits
You and I.


For Bob, my friend and my uncle

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

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13 Comments
  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 07:05h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 09:26h, 09 June Reply

    Viola, a beautiful expression in recognizing lives who have touched us along the way, which often is not realized until our slowing wisdom years. Kindred spirits are special indeed.

  • margaret small
    Posted at 10:50h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you, Viola, for sharing this poem. It has so many interpretations, and I treasure that. We all wonder and wait as we move through each day. Margaret

  • Maria Skarzynski
    Posted at 11:21h, 09 June Reply

    Beautiful Viola! Thank you for this pearl.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 12:08h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you, Viola for sharing your Christian life journey in a poem. Beautiful !
    May God bless you and your family on the journey.

  • Ana Maria Rodriguez Sanabria
    Posted at 16:19h, 09 June Reply

    Viola this poem brought me to tenderness and peace.
    Thank you

  • Caroline Maloney
    Posted at 22:16h, 10 June Reply

    Truly Beautiful…with such rich depth and breadth over life’s agonies and ecstasies! Thank you, Viola!

  • Lillian M Phelan
    Posted at 22:20h, 10 June Reply

    Viola, your poem brings to mind many of my friends and family who have passed on. It made me think of my own life span and the times spent with my children and grandchildren when they come to visit. Our many connections and memories are precious and you have made that so clear. Thank you.

  • Linda R Rego
    Posted at 12:38h, 11 June Reply

    Beautifully written Viola. Uncle Bob is a special man.

  • Maria Lobo
    Posted at 15:04h, 11 June Reply

    Another exquisite gem, Viola….sparkling with the richness of experience….the joyful, sorrowful, glorious and luminous mysteries of life!

  • Rita
    Posted at 18:47h, 11 June Reply

    Viola, this poem brought loving and tender memories of my Mother whose birthday is today. It is true that we appreciate our family and friends more when they have passed on than when they are with us. So let us show our love and appreciation when they are around rather than keep the flowers for their graves.
    Thank you for this reminder.

  • Lynda Upton
    Posted at 21:40h, 13 June Reply

    Viola – I am friend of Robin’s, a member of Parish of the Holy Spirit in Kennewick, WA.
    Your poetry so touches my heart, warming my spirit. Expressing ideas and images of just what I wish to say, but cannot find the beautiful words that you use. May God bless you for sharing your talent with others in such an amazing way. From my heart, thank you! Lynda Upton

  • mario coutinho
    Posted at 16:52h, 23 June Reply

    Viola,
    Poetry brings out sentiments that mere prose cannot compete with. You are blessed with the talent of expressing yourself in verse. Compared to your writing, what I say is prosaic. Please continue delighting us with the outpouring of your talent.
    God Bless.
    Mario

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