Writing Exercise-a Poem

“Stretch” must be a biblical word, regardless of one’s age
(an extension, a straining) like a two year old 
reaching on tiptoes towards her Father
or the discomfort when unfolding old bones and well-used knees, 
joints so stiff they’ve forgotten how to bend.
I want to stress and press, past the comfortable,
groan with the growing,the knowing that daily
I must reach, pushing back 
against all that would stagnate and stifle,
learn to lean, in, out, up,
force myself, like a spoonful of unwanted needful medicine,
to taste the hard that makes me healthy and hold on,
elastic, leaning, growing with each reach,
a creature who craves comfort but who knows in the end,
it’s creating I need. I need making.
I need my Maker.
So I flatten palms against wood,
face towards the carpet and breathe, 
count 15 and slowly rise, praying for muscle memory
to travel past the limits of flesh and into my soul, where lazy lives, 
and snap me out of my haze, like a taut rubberband 
rebounding from a l o o o n g
I rise and rest at the desk,
pencil in “stretch” in the Webster’s margin on the “S” page,
a fitting Biblical addition.
It’s right above the word “surrender.”
‘Surrender’ was the word the Lord gave me last year; as I’ve prayed and listened in this new season I hear echoes of the same.  Let go and stretch….

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7 thoughts on “Writing Exercise-a Poem

  1. great reading. Stretch was my word a couple of years ago – a very alive word too. Interesting it is next to surrender in the dictionary. The phrase I need my Maker really resonated me – such a powerful breath prayer that can be for both of us. Thanks for sharing, Jody. love this writing

  2. Love the way words flow from your pen, Jody! Not only have you given us much to ponder, but the artful composition feeds the soul as well. How interesting that surrender should give way to stretch. I'm thinking we can't do one without the other.

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