Here is a new poem about books and using them as my friends. Oprah Winfrey has a quote that’s speaks to how I feel about books rather well…
“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and there discovered was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”- Oprah Winfrey
Here is my poem, feel free to let me know what you think, I appreciate feedback:
ARE YOU LONELY?
by Victoria Williams
Are you lonely and heavy laden with the toils of this world? I live alone but not lonely, I wake up in the morning, with no one to greet or share my smile. I pray, sing, read, study the word, dance and exercise but still no human being to converse with.
I decide to challenge the situation for 2018, I look on my book shelf I saw all my inanimate family and friends sitting there, waiting to communicate with me, just crying out ‘Speak to me, Speak to me’, I have something to urgently tell you.’
On my book shelf I saw my Mother, the family Bible, my Father the family Hymn book. They were reading and singing praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, hoping someone will pick them and join them to give thanks to God for another minute, another hour, another day.
Nearby was my instruments, organ, guitar, music books, with numerous songs written in different melodies waiting for me to play, dance, appreciate, and kill anxiety and loneliness. A vase nearby with beautiful flowers reminding me of Joseph coat of many colours and the beauty of creation.
My sisters, the books of history sitting there with memories of bye gone days and historical facts. My brothers the mathematicians reminding me of how short my time is on planet earth. May be three score years and ten or if health prevails eighty, not much time to dwell on loneliness.
My nephews and nieces in the form of Charity books reminding me of various charities how I can help less fortunate people, with a smile, a visit or a prayer partner to pray my way through. Grab a book and let it educate you, and take you to higher heights and deeper depths.
Don’t spend time with such a complex emotional person, as loneliness, time is passing by quickly; learn about other people and lands, the goodness of God and his promise never to leave us alone. Talk with your books, poetry, music, dance and loneliness will become a distant foe.
Loneliness will disappear as you turn the pages with passion and enthusiasm. Use your time to read stories that can transport your mind to faraway lands. See loneliness in a positive way as a book, not to be written but to be read and enjoy.
Remind yourself of the way you are compassed about by the great cloud of invisible witnesses like Abraham, Moses, Paul, John, Job, Enoch, Mother Theresa and many more that engage with you invisibly and spiritually.
If you feel lonely, think of Jesus alone in the Garden of Gethsemane. We too can pray loneliness to spur us into communicating with our silent friends. Why not overcome your loneliness using your books, poetry, dance, exercise and instruments as inanimate friends and great company for 2018.