Sea with clouds

Behind, in front, above, there’s no way out,

Contempt and mockery unleash my fears:

Fingers of mist and menace point and jeer

The fog surrounds and masks my blinding tears.


Once more the shaft of fear, of icy dread,

Once more the fog of guilt and stark remorse,

Once more paralysis of mind and soul

Save for the active conscience, potent force.


I struggle forward but to no avail,

The tentacles of fog reach out to bruise;

My lungs are drowning in the poisonous mist:

Once more the battle I’ll concede and lose…


But there’s a voice of warmth, control and balm

That urges me to venture through the hell;

Its quiet tone fills me with hope and calm

Gives me the strength to fight the fog’s cruel knell.


It will not leave me battling on alone,

It will not leave me stranded on the shore:

I must have faith and hope, my trust in you

Will see me through the fog and dark once more.


I hear the sea, the gulls’ wild plaintive call,

I hear the waves come crashing on the beach,

I taste and feel the salt upon my lips

Yet still the kindly ocean’s out of reach.


Your voice is gentle, urging on my steps

I hear you through the gulls’ loud, piercing cries;

But yours, the voice eternal, reigns supreme:

Measured and mellow, comforting and wise.


The sand is cool and gritty through my toes,

Its dampness tells me that the waves are near;

Your voice impels me forward in the darkness

And mitigates my nightmare and my fear.


And finally!  the water now engulfs me,

Horizons beckon in the lightening skies;

The fog is clearing, stars blink down benignly

And joy once more finds voice to sing and rise.


July, 2017



About Judy Darby

I am currently working on a memoir which I began for my MA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction). It is nearing completion. The most important people in my life are my seven grandchildren, James, Lucy, Emma, Eleanor, Owen, Michael and Tommy - and their parents of course.
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3 Responses to Salvation

  1. Wow Jude, pretty heavy stuff !. But beautiful too.
    I never cease to be amazed at you. I’m going to print
    It off & frame it.

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