White Cane Lesson

She was on the sidewalk tapping

In the noon hour press for lunch

And I almost missed her passage

My own problems hurt a bunch.

Really just some crude self pity.

As she smiled and carried on

And her age not reaching thirty

Gracious calm I looked upon.

All around a frantic cocktail

But her peace and pace displayed

That this sightless one had boldness

That her lifetime challenge made.

How I yearned to get up curb side

And to grasp her shoulders trim

And to say a word for Jesus

So that she might trust in Him.

There were stories of His kindness

And His ready power to heal.

I was shocked by these my urgings

I was moved by Love’s appeal.

But the light turned green so rudely

And my busy-list took wing.

I could only pray her blessing

As right then I heard her sing.

(Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the Law of Christ.)
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Written on January 04, 2023

Submitted by dougb.72572 on January 04, 2023

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme A B X B C D C D X E F E X G F G F H X H C A A A X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 862
Words 196
Stanzas 25
Stanza Lengths 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

Douglas Blair

Blogging poems since 2008. Once a lawyer in general practice. Then 32 years as Shipper in a heavy metal fabricating plant. Retired 2022. Married and father of two. Poet. Hiker. Harmonica Busker. Gospel enthusiast. Photographer. http://shootdempix.blogspot.com/ more…

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