Poem for my Niece

When Does God Love You?

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When you were born and all brand new
When there were things you could not yet do
God knew your heart and He loved you when
He wrapped you as a gift in your beautiful skin

When you would cry and knit your brow
When your screams and fits went on for hours
God knew your heart and He loved you when
He filled your lungs with living breath

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When you grow tall and your hair grows long
When your feet run miles and your voice sings songs
God will know your heart and He will love you when
You may distrust and not even believe in him

When does God love you Jayla?
Before time began
While the sacrifice was given by the saving lamb
And soon when he comes on glory to this earth once again
He loves you forever, Just as we do,
Our prayer and our hope is that you’ll love him too.

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We Stutter

we stutter at opportunity
we suck, hiss, we kiss our teeth
we are angst burrowed beneath
the we of tomorrow and
the we of the past

we did not last

we bark at the bark
of filmy trees
we heed and grant
access to pregnant
circumstance

we did not advance

we fear the oak and
the seed that smoked
and bred sprouts
that lived dead,
that died

we did not survive

we grew great
we separate
we permeate
the two lines
of the parallel
equal sign

we did not agree

we accessorize resilient beauty
we terrorize even
our scalps
because perhaps
we dream not to fly
but to be fly

we did not soar

we bore a torch
we ignored the source
we are one force
inert and stable
giants unable
to bend

we pretend

we stutter at opportunity
we blink at unwavering eyes
we look at the sky as
though there is glass
yet we passed
through