My Dear Friend – A Villanelle

I was pondering writing a poem about Jesus being my friend, and I decided that this subject might best be revealed using the villanelle form. Even though I know Jesus calls me His friend (John 15:15), sometimes I need reminding, and the repetitive nature of the villanelle form seems the perfect way to accomplish that.

My Dear Friend

Of grace from my Savior I’ve penned
His death on the cross He has shown
I know Jesus is my dear friend

His love and mercy have no end
His shed blood for my sin atoned
Of grace from my Savior I’ve penned

My broken heart His love did mend
Grace saved what I’d lost on my own
I know Jesus is my dear friend

He will be with me ’til the end
No greater friendship have I known
Of grace from my Savior I’ve penned

He promised the Spirit to send
By His wisdom my faith has grown
I know Jesus is my dear friend

Into Heaven He did ascend
By His Spirit I’m not alone
Of grace from my Savior I’ve penned
I know Jesus is my dear friend

I wrote this as my offering for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. You can find other poetry there starting at 12:00 PST. Actually, if you head over earlier than that you will find poetry, it just won’t be Open Link Night yet.

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.


10 Responses

  1. Linda…you have delivered the Word through your words in one of the most trickiest forms I’ve ever tried. Well done! The strength of your convictions as well as your talent shine bright here this evening. Bravo!

    • Tash, Thank you. The villanelle is the trickest form for me, too. I don’t know if it’s the repetition or they rhyme scheme, or maybe the combination of the two. I definitely agonize over each line more with this form than any other. But I do love a good challenge. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  2. I need reminded of this too, Linda! Thank you! And I love how you thought about that as you chose the villanelle form to use for it. God bless you as He calls you friend today!

  3. smiles…to know him as friend def is a rather revolutionary thing…its much easier often to see him as a king…but friend i think exposes his heart all the more….

    • Brian, And to remember that He is both king and friend is probably the greatest epiphany of all – that a king of His magnitude would want to be our friend should always remind us of our worth. Peace, Linda

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