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Rated: E · Poetry · Religious · #2063414
Inspired by Matthew 2:1-12
It almost feels like fate,
and yet I know it isn't.
Just a chain of choices
long as life itself—

this I say, this not;
this I do, this not;
this I study, ponder,

until by twists and turns
I arrive here
to gaze upward at a new light
in heaven's velvet veil,
a tear where God streams through
like lightning from a pinprick
or revelation from a whisper,
calling, Follow.

It's another step
in the long progression,
one more choice:

stay a scholar only,
seeking and sorting ancient tales
in dark-paneled, perfumed rooms,
safely conjuring heaven,
ever learning but never knowing

or gather my gifts quickly,
run toward heart-thumping
pull of prophecy,
swing from stirrup to saddle
in a smooth leap,
and leave tonight to follow
the Star.

Related to the Come, Follow Me readings for January 14-21

Contest/publish records:
2016 Mormon Lit Blitz longlist, May 11, 2016
2016 Mormon Lit Blitz finalist, May 16, 2016
Mormon Artist, June 4, 2016
See a review of all finalists at http://www.motleyvision.org/2016/vote-in-the-2016-mormon-lit-blitz-and-you-will-...
Messages on the Water http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/merrijane
Grace Like Water, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KJGWFK7
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