Before this poem would work, I had to change both the rhyme scheme and the meter. I’ve been working on it all day, off and on (on my day off), and here it finally is, at day’s end. The rhyme scheme is my own as far as my limited knowledge goes), chiastic: A-B-C-B-C-B-A; the meter, the old standard iambic pentameter.
THE LIVING WORD OF GOD
by J. Randal Matheny © 2011
God spoke for light and showed his narrow way;
The Spirit’s prophets wrote the Testament pair,
For sin’s restraint, to set the bound man free.
The living word of God has power to spare,
To raise the dead or judge the Pharisee:
The cutting sword lays heart and marrow bare,
The Book will judge us in the final day.
So I said it works, at least, it does for me. Maybe you don’t think so? Chime in below, share it around.
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You’ll note an allusion to Genesis 1:3, to creation, in the first line; to 2 Peter 1:20-21 in the second; to Hebrews 4:12 in the third and fifth; to John 12:48 in the last.