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Unthaw

In the cobwebs of cold comfort
my restless soul wrestles
paralysis. Caught between the tension
of shame and the desire—
but seeming inability—
to change.

Winter’s cold clings, no,
seeps into the unseen deep,
stills the dance into a dull dirge,
and I march against the beat,
wearing only a frozen smile
that mocks the very memory
of heat.

Stop. But if I freeze in disbelief,
then I am wasted winter’s bones,
I am death’s gaunt grin
shivering on the cold steps
of regret, and the hope that my failures
have twisted into torment.

Wait. But if I hide beneath
the grim pall, will I become
the dust pallored wraith,
haunted by the mirror
of the man I might have been?

Arise. Awake. I will prevail.
Put on the clothes of Christ
and stoke the effervescent
fire grown pale. Stir the stale
water till—bubbling up—
it overflows the fallow fields
of my faith.

When peace arrests my chest
and the wind comes rushing in
to the undelved deep—
I am, and am becoming,
new. What’s left of this lingering
frost unthaws by the fire in the eyes
of the risen Son of God.

Your light rakes up the bones
of winter’s chill, and I am calm—
cleansed in the clarifying comfort
of the dawn.


Revelation 1:14b
and His eyes were like a blazing fire.
Numbers 6:24-26
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”‘

5 comments on “Unthaw

  1. Reblogged this on sherri colvin and commented:
    Such a profound poetic word from my friend Tommy Teoli…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. gail says:

    What a gift God has given you!!!
    Wow!!
    Stop. But if I freeze in disbelief,
    then I am wasted winter’s bones,
    I am death’s gaunt grin
    shivering on the cold steps
    of regret, and the hope that my failures
    have twisted into torment.
    Makes me want to run to belief!!!
    gail

    Liked by 1 person

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