Five Minute Friday – Safe

Writing for five unedited minutes on the prompt, Safe.  A love poem for my husband.

At the end of this busy day

when the world has pressed far too close

I settle into your embrace.

I lay to my left side, heart beating slower

and place my head on your chest.

Your right arm encircles me

and security wraps me.

As your breathing settles into peace

and my face rises and falls with your breath

I thank God for all these parts of you:

your soft snores

your strong forearms

your calloused, hardworking hands

your hairy chest, soft like a nest inside

your grizzled, unshaven neck

your broad shoulders

your manly strength.

God gave you to me

seventeen years ago

and I confess

I have not always treasured

your uniqueness.

But even in those rough days

now in our past

I always found safety

in your strong, solid embrace

when words failed us

and darkness settled in.

Your arms wrapped round

reminded me of a perfect father’s strong hold

on me, no matter what

storms came through.

You are the hiding place

God gave me.

I depend on your strength

your ability to provide

and your solid security.

How is your husband a safe place for you?  I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

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  • Enjoyed your poem to your husband. My husband made me feel safe before we were married when my tears didn’t phase him. Stopping by from #fmf.

    • Sarah

      Hi Debby, thanks for reading! I will read your link too. Blessings to you!

  • Christin Baker

    What a beautiful poem, Sarah! It reminds me of the Shulamite woman from Song of Songs, how she poetically described her strong, ruddy man, “His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.” Song of Songs 2:6 What a safe place to be–resting peacefully in the the arms of the husbands God has given us! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah

      Oh yes, I love that scripture! Thank you for linking it to this post. Blessings to you, friend!

  • Sarah,
    What a beautiful tribute to your husband and your love for each other 🙂 I also appreciate my husband for how he hugs me close when I need a hug. Blessings 🙂 Nice to meet you 🙂

    • Sarah

      Good to hear from you, Dolly! I’m a fan of your blog, and I loved the recent reader story you shared there.

  • Diane Ferreira

    So beautiful Sarah. My husband makes me feel safe by never being defensive or prideful so that I can tell him anything…it’s why we never argue.

    • Sarah

      Diane, how wonderful for you! Can’t say that we don’t argue, but our conflict is far more productive and peaceful than it used to be.