Crying Out

Crying Out

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written at Basic Training, a poem asking for help.


Crying Out


July 5, 1987

Chaplain, help me, help me deal
With my problems from the past.
Help me think in clearer channels
About the life which I will have.

My mind is seething with raw emotions -
Fears and worries of my childhood.
All my problems are leading me
Over the line of stability.

Chaplain, help me, help me ask God
For strength for this, and for mortal help.
Chaplain, help me, for I need you
To lead me through this crisis time.

Chaplain, hear me, hear me crying,
Hear the pain which my past invokes.

For Chaplain Nichols.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 18. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..