Safe Haven – A Triolet

I’ve written another Triolet. I really love this form because it has the perfect amount of repetition, with lines 1, 4, and 7 being the same, and then lines 2 and 8 being the same. I think it has become my favorite form of poetry (although I still love the Pantoum, but it is a much harder form to write). I have found that the Triolet is well suited to Christian poetry, and the flexibility regarding the length of lines is fun to play with.

This poem actually came to mind a couple of nights ago as I was getting ready for bed. It seems that when I sit down to the computer to write I often find nothing to say. Then when the computer is put away and I’m not even thinking about writing I’ll get an idea. Sometimes the ideas that come right before bed are lost because I’m too tired to write them down and by morning I don’t remember. But for this one I pulled out my prayer notebook and wrote it down right away so that it would be preserved.

Safe Haven

This life is hard and treacherous
It’s no place to go it alone
The only safe haven is Jesus
This life is hard and treacherous

Our Emmanuel, God with us
Will never forsake or leave us
This life is hard and treacherous
It’s no place to go it alone

I hope this poem serves as a reminder to the reader that you don’t have to navigate the treacherous waters of this life alone. Jesus wants to walk by your side, to carry you if need be, and bring you safely to the other side of Jordan. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV).

Note: This is my poem for Open Link Night on dVerse Poets Pub starting at noon PST on Tuesday. Head over and check out some of the other poetry.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


16 Responses

  1. I’m so glad you explained the format for a triolet. I’ve always felt a certain rhythm and closure. Simple, but so rich in texture.

    Must be something about writers, but I think of my best stuff after I power off. I write it all down with cryptic abbreviations, and can never decipher it in the morning! ; )

    • Linda, There was a great lesson at dVerse Poets Pub on triolets a month or so ago. That’s where I learned about them. I thought of you when I wrote this one just because you had said you liked this form so much.

      I think sometimes God gives us stuff to write after the computer is off so we’ll have to resort to good old pen and paper, and not forget how those things work. 😉 It definitely happens to me a lot, and if I don’t write it down it’s often gone in the morning. Peace, Linda

  2. Love this, Linda. It’s so tight and right and says exactly what we need conveyed to us. God bless you as you harbor with Him tonight!

    • Deb, One thing I like about this poem is that it seems easy to remember. It’s been playing in my head all week – just what I need conveyed to me by our safe Haven. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  3. This was truly lovely, very nice writing.Sometimes it takes courage to share our fears with others, and allow ourselves to trust in prayer.Thank you.

  4. Oh, I love the triolet. You packed this with meaning and inspiration. Life is hard, but it is harder without Faith. Thank you.

  5. life is surely hard and treacherous…and we were never created to try and make it on our own…we need both each other as well as that higher power…

  6. I’, glad I am not theonly one who thinks of an idea late at night or even in the middle of the night and then forgets – I think God is cooking up an even better piece for later!

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