Grief and Psalm 23

Grief and Psalm 23

A Poem by Shelley Warner
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from a series of grief poems

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Grief is a dark valley,

the valley of the Shadow of Death; but
Even though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil for you are with me.


Grief crushes the soul,

and leaves it parched; but
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.


Grief stabs at our faith,

just when we need it; but
He guides me in paths of righteousness
For his name sake.


Grief starves our spirit,

and leaves it sick; but
You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies
You anoint my head with oil,
My cup overflows.


Grief mocks at life itself,

robbing it of joy; but
Surely goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

© 2021 Shelley Warner


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Beautiful words, Shelley. Sometimes grief feels like a never ending stab to the chest...but better to love and lose than to never love at all. It's the gift of life, and with a little bit of faith, they will eternally be with you.
Xx,
Marina

Posted 1 Month Ago


Shelley,
I like how you used the bible passages as a springboard for your own offerings on life and death....
dwelling in the house of the lord...doesn't have to mean a building on Sunday, organized religion, etc.
Raised Catholic, I have since faded away from that, but remain spiritually inclined to my own avenues to God and what matters...not so much creeds and tenets, but action...and how we treat each other.
Love this poem.
j.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Shelley Warner

2 Months Ago

Thank you Jacob, I agree with you, too, about spirituality.
Not very religious myself, but I like other people to be religious on my behalf, just in case I need a piggyback into heaven. I suppose life is a journey, death being the inevitable end we all succumb to. It's what we do with the gift of life that matters, that's why we must live it to the full.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Shelley Warner

2 Months Ago

I understand about not being religious. I used to attend conservative churches and that was harmful .. read more
Beautifully penned Shelley. I love your thoughts here on grief entwined with Psalm 23. Grief is a journey, sometimes a long one. That's the price we pay for loving.

Chris

Posted 2 Months Ago


Shelley Warner

2 Months Ago

Yes, it is the price we pay for loving. Thank you for your review.
Chris Shaw

2 Months Ago

You are welcome.
This is beautifully written. It reads like a song. Tyfs

Posted 2 Months Ago


Shelley Warner

2 Months Ago

Thank you Cyprian, I appreciate the feedback.

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Shelley Warner
Shelley Warner

Camas, WA



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I like to write about my life. Sounds a little narcissistic, right? But it's the challenges, the griefs, the joys, the faith struggles, and the enjoyment of nature that inspires me. I have published t.. more..

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