February 12, 2010

Present Tense

I am reading a book titled, Simple Faith by Chuck Swindoll. I picked this book up, simply because it sounded interesting, but found out after I started reading it that it is an exposition (of sorts) of the Sermon on the Mount. Seeing as I am currently going through the Sermon on the Mount at church, I have found it to be an interesting tool.

I won't bore you with a long post, but I do want to share a poem from the book that comes from the chapter dealing with worry (or anxiety). The poem was written by a 14-year old named Jason Lehman. It is called Present Tense.

It was spring
     But it was summer I wanted,
The warm days,
     And the great outdoors.
It was summer,
     But it was fall I wanted,
The colorful leaves,
     And the cool, dry air.
It was fall,
     But it was winter I wanted,
The beautiful snow,
     And the joy of the holiday season.
It was winter,
     But it was spring I wanted,
The warmth
     And the blossoming of nature.
I was a child,
     But it was adulthood I wanted.
The freedom,
     And the respect.
I was 20,
     But it was 30 I wanted,
To be mature,
     And sophisticated.
I was middle-aged,
     But it was 20 I wanted,
The youth,
     And the free spirit.
I was retired,
     But it was middle age I wanted,
The presence of mind,
     Without limitations.
My life was over.
     But I never got what I wanted.

I hope you enjoy that.