Bitterness pools deep within the soul -
dark and murky with bottom unseen.
Stagnation hides resentment and lost desires,
locked in muddy sediment of unfulfilled dreams.
Daily the cesspit grows deeper.
Can anything stir emotions; cause still waters to flow?
Anger has been the only turbine –
the cause of untold hurt and pain.
Is there nothing that can clear the waters?
Is there relief from the turmoil within?
Can darkness receive light
and hope be renewed once again?
With cleansing God alone can perform,
His love purifies the depths of the heart,
ridding the soul of bitterness
revealing tenderness only grace can impart.
Forgiveness rushes through the depths
with penetrating power unknown to man
Refreshing the capacity to love.
Faith and hope remain.
© Donna J. Shepherd