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When My Heart Does Not Feel Right

When my heart does not feel right,
Sinful still and prone to fight,
Bad, impure, not shining light,
Be, dear Lord, its guiding light.

When my heart feels vile with blight,
Wants to wound, not suffer slights,
Seems it can’t do any right,
Lift it, Lord, to newer heights.

‘Til the day my soul takes flight,
Clean it Lord, make it contrite.
Teach it how to love not spite,
Be, dear Lord, its guiding light.

While I wait to be made right,
Send more hearts into Your light,
Clean them too and make them bright.
Lift them, Lord, to newer heights.

About this poem

I wrote this poem while feeling discouraged at how far short I often fall at living my Christian beliefs.

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Written on January 18, 2023

Submitted by tanyas.74554 on January 17, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme aaaA abab aaaA aaab
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 547
Words 119
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Discuss this tanyas.74554 poem with the community:

  • dougb.21370
    Came back upon this featured poem. Reads just as well the second or third time through. The word contrite is pivotal. Hard to walk this way in a world of winners, me first, get out of the road, I am the entitled one here. You’re just stupid. Step aside Chump. Etc etc. 
    LikeReply 126 days ago
  • eimed
    This is truly beautiful. The rhyme is brilliantly used. And the message a comfort to all who read it I am sure.
    LikeReply27 days ago
  • dougb.21370
    Reads like Psalm 34. Contrite, clean, healthy fear of the Lord. Something of value for others. Bravo.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • donka_k
    Powerful, a prayer that reaches out in beauty and conviction.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • Teril
    Your use of rhyme lifts this poem to 'newer heights," and it reads like a song and prayer.
    LikeReply2 months ago


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