Sunday, December 8, 2013

Learning To Sing Hallelujah


This is my daughter Carrie and her friend Julie

The song burnt my lips
with tears formed
from my hollow
hallelujah.

With raised hands
I thought I reached
for God….

But I only wanted
to accost heaven
with my list of demands.

How empty desire comes
when it begs for self.

It was in the midnight
of my precious child’s pain
I learned the meaning of faith.

Prayers of vanity fell like stones
and supplications for healing
became my day and night.

Now another day of her smile
is the joy I thrive on.

When impossible tries to bury me
trust finds its way into my spirit
to flood it with true hallelujahs.

 ©Susie Clevenger 2013

This is Dawn who I wrote this poem for.

13 comments:

Grace said...

Funny how we are so demanding with our lists that we forget the meaning of faith and healing that comes ~ Your daughter is lovely and thanks for sharing your heart ~

Robert Bourne said...

the whole poem was powerful..

especially this line...

How empty desire comes
when it begs for self.

Björn said...

Susie, I think you have come to the core of where prayers make sense... it's born out of true humanity, and care for others... Lovely form, where the brevity put strength behind the message.

Helen said...

Poetry combined with these amazing voices .. Carrie and Julie brought me to tears on this wintry Sunday morning. Thank you so much for these gifts. Hallelujah.

Mama Zen said...

I relate to this a lot, Susie.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Susie, what an emotional feast it is in here today - your GLORIOUS poem, your love for your daughters, both so talented, their songs, their journeys and yours, intertwined. Wow. The stuff of life, kiddo. I especially resonate with "another day of her smile is the joy I thrive on". I so know the feeling. Thank you for this. It is so wonderful an offering.

Siggi in Downeast Maine said...

Wow...an excellent response.
Thank you.
Peace
Hallelujah.
Siggi

Sam Edge said...

All three are amazing. The final one is so powerful in acapella. There's so much of talent and authentic feeling here is grabs hold of you you. Thanks for this.

Peggy said...

You daughter and friend's version of this song is the one I like best so far. Your poem is a beautiful tribute as well. Thank you for sharing these.

Fireblossom said...

They say the best prayer is a prayer of gratitude.

Ella said...

Beautiful words to unite the true meaning of what we always should seek! Miracles do happen~
You have a beautiful family and lovely spirit~

Kay L. Davies said...

The music is so wonderful, Susie. Both tracks. Simply beautiful.
Your poem made me think of what my dad told me about the first time he ever prayed. It seems even the most determined non-pray-ers will pray when a child's life is in the balance.
K

Hannah said...

This just spills of mother love and compassion. What a blessed mom and daughter pair you're to have each other. ♥