Darkness to Light – Take Two

The prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub today is to think of our words as seeds and to consider what we want to grow from what we write. I decided to share a revised version of a poem I wrote almost three years ago. I recently submitted the original version to a poetry contest, and although I did not make it into the final round I received some great feedback, so I decided to incorporate that feedback into this version.

What I hope will grow from these seeds are encouragement, hope, and faith for at least one person who is struggling today with the darkness of depression.

Darkness to Light—Take Two

Darkness surrounded me
Darkness invaded my mind
Darkness enveloped my barren soul

In the darkness
The evil one whispered
Thoughts that seemed my own
They’d be blessed without me
It would be better if I was dead

Tears drowned me
Tears flooded my mind
Tears drenched my barren soul

Through the tears
The evil one whispered
Thoughts I believed were true
I am broken beyond repair
These tears will never end

Pain ensnared me
Pain clouded my mind
Pain threatened my barren soul

Amplifying the pain
The evil one whispered
Thoughts I was powerless to deny
This pain will forever cripple me
I will never know joy

Then God’s Light
Pierced the darkness
Illuminating my soul
Revealing the sin in my mind
Proclaiming the way for me

Forgive Jesus whispered
As I’ve forgiven you
Your darkness will subside
His words are true

Then God’s Love
Dried all my tears
Infusing my soul with joy
Clarifying truth in my mind
Declaring healing for me

Live Jesus whispered
As I live in you
Your tears will be dried
His words are true

Then God’s Truth
Erased my pain
Protecting my soul
Clearing lies from my mind
Redeeming my life for me

Love Jesus whispered
As I forever love you
Your pain will be decried
His words are true

Darkness, tears, and pain
Replaced by my Savior’s
Light, Love, and Truth
Holding me forevermore
He is my Light

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.


14 Responses

  1. It is so easy to fall into that darkness when we measure our own worth without remembering the light. ..without remembering we are loved not because of what we do or who we are, but because of Who loves us.

  2. Amen! What a poem. Thank you so much for sharing this. You have no idea how much this was needed by my heart today. So double thanks 🙂

  3. what better to pierce the darkness than the true light?
    the darkness is surely a good liar, often twisting truthes so we will believe it…depression is a hard one to shake, often returning….

  4. you have to admit, the devil is a good and talented lier – and he def. tries to rob us off our joy and the good things god has in store for us.. have you ever read c.s. lewis’ screwtape letters? highly recommended

    • Claudia, Yes, the devil is the master liar for sure. I have read the Screwtape Letters – at least twice. 🙂 I’ve also read Lord Foulgrin’s Letters by Randy Alcorn, which is similar and Alcorn give tribute to Lewis for the idea. It is very good, as well. Peace, Linda

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