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For a Stranger
by Elaine Carey
Saturday, April 16, 2005
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For my children,

I would swim into the jaws of cold, vicious death.

Without a blink or shudder,  I would battle

sulfurous dragons

for the fruit of my womb, my "quiver of arrows."

For my husband, heart of my hearts,

I would take a bullet,

face a gang,  walk the plank.

For a stranger,

I might not mind writing a check, catching a cold,

going out of my way, giving directions,

sharing a coupon in the grocery line. 

In contrast,
when I was a stranger and an enemy,
a thirty year old man
wore a piercing crown
and died a lonely, bloody death.
He took the brunt
for anonymous millions
to make us brothers,
not strangers.

In light of my own stingy and
primitive love,
I ponder in amazement.
Draw me close, oh Lord,
and make me bigger than I am.

Let me love the strangers, too; 
for you cherished me
like an only daughter
when I was a rebel.




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Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader) 4/18/2005
This is awesome!!!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/17/2005
Inspirationally prayerful, moving and meaningful creation, Bess. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 4/17/2005
Bess you have written another superb poem. I would do all of what you say here and more for my loved ones, my children and new husband to be and his family too. Together with our love of our Lord, we can overcome any obstacle, win any battle, face any danger. And, just remember that a stranger, is only a friend you haven't yet met. But whether we are family, friends or strangers we are all brothers and sisters in Christ our Lord and Saviour. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 4/16/2005
Draw me close, oh Lord,
and make me bigger than I am.

Bess, this is a truly beautiful prayer and a poem I read a second time as a prayer tonight. thank you for penning it.
Reviewed by Danielle Mundy 4/16/2005
wonderful write :)
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