April 30 Poem: Apologia of the Poet

by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

If words have power, and more the better arranged,
When chosen well, that men and women be changed,
Than this no better motive can we cite,
For precious hours and toil engaged to write.

To each a gift has God in wisdom given,
That we by grace might feel ourselves driven
To put to use for him, as best we can,
For greater glory of God and life of man.

‘Tis not a choice, divine constraint we feel —
To bury his gracious gift, would be to steal;
Our greatest need, to hear his warm applause,
For using this single talent for his cause.

Leave us our modest art, not five or ten;
The Master comes, and we have lines to pen.

5 Replies to “April 30 Poem: Apologia of the Poet”

  1. It’s been a fantastic month, brother. You’ve done a marvelous job and contributed great beauty to the lives of all who have read your work. May God be thanked for your talents which have brought forth fruit for his glory!

    1. I’m sorry I wasn’t quick to reply,
      Your words are kind, your sentiments high;
      You’re right: I’m restless, on the move,
      Your prophecy the time may prove.

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