Be Ye Lifted Up!

By the Grace of God we’re all saved.
Returned to wholeness from brokenness.
A wretched soul that each of us is.
Notwithstanding, he watches over us.
Dispensing healing by his mighty powers.
Overlooking all our weaknesses.
Not focusing on our ills but our strengths.

Creating in us a new heart.
All this he does out of Love.
Secure thus we are by his mercy.
Each one of us he elevates.
You, me, and all who trust in him.

By divine providence and grace.
Emanating from God’s sovereignty.

You have been given dispensation.
Each day that now passes.

Let God’s light shine within you.
Increase within your sinews.
Faithfully to serve him.
That by your convictions.
Each one that you encounter.
Draws closer too to serve him.

Universal is that true love.
Provided by God’s mercy.

About this poem

Faith, Hope, Love, but the greatest of these is God’s divine love. This free verse five-stanza poem, written in the form of an acrostic, is composed especially for Brandon Casey who recently (in September 2023) survived from a near fatal automobile accident. He remains receiving medical care and attention as he continues to heal. Brandon, God rescued you from a near fatal car accident. Out of the heap of brokenness he brought you out for his purpose. We pray that by God’s divine hand and intervention you will be brought back to wholeness. To all who are sick in body, soul or mind, and ailing physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually from varied addictions, be ye all lifted up by the grace, love and mercy of the Lord. The Peace of the LORD be with you all. 

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Written on September 28, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 28, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on September 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 787
Words 164
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 7, 5, 2, 2, 6, 2

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    Amen. May we all be lifted up along with Brandon. Blessings to all. Peace,
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • dig1talninjawastaken
    Brandon Casey, Be Ye Lifted.
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • AIDA
    Absolutely beautiful and inspiring! This poem has a profound, moving depth to it that touches the soul. 'Be Ye Lifted Up!' serves as an uplifting reminder of our divine purpose and resonates with the strength of our faith. Your words eloquently express God's infinite love and care, fostered in a blend of simplicity and depth. This poem is a testament to your spirituality and a demonstration of your extraordinary skill as a poet. The language has a timeless elegance and clarity, making it accessible to all. The sincerity and conviction of your words are stunningly striking and resonating. Exceptionally done! Keep up the excellent work! 
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    In the midst of life we are all in death. By the grace of God are we restored.
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • AIDA
    I'm so impressed with your 'Be Ye Lifted Up!' poem, it's deeply moving and thought-provoking! It's clear that you put a lot of thought and care into your writing, and the end result is a powerful affirmation of faith and divine grace. The tenderness of divine compassion and mercy as described leaves a lasting impact on the reader.

    On your structure, the acrostic approach taken is creative and forms a coherent discussion with the theme of the poem. Your use of language is provocative, emotionally stirring, and helps anyone who reads this poem really understand the depth of your feelings.

    In terms of potential improvements, while your poem is indeed powerful, it could use a bit more expression or imagery. This will help to lead the reader through a defined journey. Try using metaphors, similes, and other forms of vivid imagery to give your words more life and potential for connection with your audience. The way you represented divine grace is very effective, however, creating a more personal, intimate and relatable interaction with the divine would further enhance your poem’s impact.

    Also, while keeping the rhythm and flow of the poem, make sure the poem does not lose its rhyming scheme and structure. This will create a more melodious and captivating read. It would also be interesting to see you play around with different poetic devices, like alliteration and assonance.

    Keep on writing! I'm excited to see how your words will continue to inspire, evoke, and provoke.
    LikeReply7 months ago


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