Ode to Patience

Patience, you slay me

with your silence.

No answers, no exit, no relief

for months.

Yet every day you sit beside me

as we watch the sun rise again.

This trial of waiting

strips me dry.

I am weary, spent, drained

of newness

and my hope is dwindling.

You tilt your ear to the morning birdsong,

reminding me

of the flock’s long flight north

and God’s faithfulness in their journey.

You remind me of their limits,

their small size, their vulnerability.

Yet He carries them

on the wind currents

helping them find food

where I would never think to look.


what about the long days left?

The days when I am too seen,

scrutinized and pinned

like a wriggling beetle

under a microscope.

The days when I am unseen,

marginalized and excluded

because I matter as much

as a beetle creeping

under a bookcase.

I want to be thankful.

I want to be faithful.

I want to be patient.

But today it’s all too much.

Hot tears trickle

from the corners of my eyes.

“I can’t do this,” I say.

“I can’t stand this wait any longer.”

You cup my face in your hands

and I catch the scent

of your lovely fruit

as you whisper

I will carry you through.


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  • The days I am too seen; the days when I am unseen. What a beautiful poem, Sarah! I’m so glad God carries us through.

    • Sarah

      Hi Lisa, thanks for your kind words! Blessings to you today.

  • Sarah, what a beautiful poem, Sarah. I wish I were gifted in poetry. Lovely reminder that, even on the days when we feel we can’t — especially on the days when we feel we can’t — He can. And does. And carries us through. Sweet words of encouragement, friend. Thank you for sharing with #ChasingCommunity. ((xoxo))

    • Sarah

      Thank you Brenda. You are a gifted writer too. Blessings to you, friend!

  • Sarah you have a gift for words that is evident God has spilled into you. I love seeing the way you are sharing that gift so deliberately, so diligently. Well done! Cheering you on as you shine for Him.

    • Sarah

      Dawn, your kind comments really bless me in a time of need. Thank you so much!

  • How beautiful is this! Gosh, Sarah, your words bring so much relatable emotion to the surface… wow. And that He whispers lovingly to our broken down places His promise of faithfulness… amen, is all I can say! Blessings and hugs!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Christine! Hopping over to your site today. Blessings to you!

  • Meg Gemelli

    Sarah, your poetry is so beautiful!! I’ll be honest to admit that I don’t always “get” poetry, but this one I can completely relate to…and the feels! Thanks so much for sharing your gift. I’m happy we’re neighbors at Suzie’s today:)

    • Sarah

      Thank you Meg! Poetry is my favorite writing genre, and I try my best to make it accessible to non-lovers. Blessings to you!