Words That Stir

Painting at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in NYC

These words
stir in my soul
peace and angst,
insight and confusion,
mercy and fury.

These words,
this shortest verse:

Jesus wept

Cause me to weep
and to jump for joy!

What, dear heart,
do they stir in you?

Do you grasp their meaning?

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The pubs hoppin’ and drinks are being stirred by the whimsical De Jackson for Quadrille Monday. This is my favorite little poetry form and De one of my favorite choosers of words. Today we are to write our 44-word Quadrilles using some form of the word stir. Head on over and see what the poets have offered this fine Monday.

About Linda Kruschke

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.
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17 Responses to Words That Stir

  1. lillian says:

    The shortest verse in the bible, right? A man who is turned to tears. It tells the world it is alright for all, for every person, to shed a tear. And how many tears are being shed as the world is thrust into the pandemic….and people are learning there is a blessing to quietude and solace and living within our means in our own homes.

  2. So beautiful to hold the words that stir us and to offer them to others.

  3. Ah! I love the reflective tone. Indeed shortest line with the weightiest meaning.

  4. rothpoetry says:

    I often say less is more! This is one of those situations. Like a great crescendo that builds to a climax and then subsides in total exhaustion!

  5. Great response to this prompt. Thought provoking. Well done.

  6. De Miller Jackson says:

    Just beautiful. He catches our every tear, Linda. Love this.

  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how you describe such words causing both weeping and joy.

  8. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    I have used those two words “Jesus wept” in a half dozen poems; two of the most significant words there are. Thanks.

  9. I would find many reasons for weeping… so much sadness in the world.

  10. msjadeli says:

    I was thinking the other day about a line in the 23rd Psalm, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures” and am planning on a poem or essay around the symbolism of it.

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