The Other Answer

The Other Answer

in the very middle of the howling winds of my wants
I remember
how short a distance I can see
and Who knows what truly brings me joy.
And so I ask
the One who sees
to choose my inheritance for me.

And then
my Abba
says “No.”

I am cut
and bleed
and weep
and die
and discover, with some surprise,
that heartache
is literal.

Suddenly, I remember
that I asked Him
to say that “No”
if it would bring me joy —
and I begin shading my eyes
to see it coming.


  1. This poem was gorgeous! I really, really needed to read this right now. Thank you.

  2. LOVED this. Thanks for sharing. The structure of it also reminded me of “The Altar” (George Herbert); the shape of the 3rd stanza looks like an arrow pointing down to the “joy to come” in the last stanza.

  3. I love this poem! It describes the experience of my heart so well! Blessings, eleanor

  4. Absolutely beautiful. I love the way the last lines imply that joy is light. Thanks so much for reposting this!

  5. this poem was super good:)

  6. Thank you for such a lovely poem, Elisabeth. I enjoyed reading your poem, ‘On Tenterhooks’, as well! They blessed me a lot today and I will be sharing them with my family. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    That is beautiful. Thank you for posting it.

  8. eliasboudinotismyfriend says:

    Thanks so much for this! It is truly beautiful, not only in a literary sense, but because the Lord can be seen shining through it.

    Keep writing poems for Him!

    A fellow poetess

  9. Anonymous says:

    thank you so much elizabeth. it is quite exciting how the Lord gives you just what you need at just the right moment. And for the past few days He has that continually with your poetry. God bless and thanks again.
    –a fellow sister in Christ

  10. I loved this poem. Thank you! 🙂

  11. Thank you. This poem is exactly what I needed to read right now.

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