Poem of the Month

Every month, I will feature either a new poem or a favorite poem on this page, as well as the highlighted poems from the previous two months. The category page from which each poem is taken is listed in parentheses ( ) under the month.


(from: Fellowship with Believers)

A Friend


I used to think a friend

Was one who knew my every woe—

Who told me all her secrets—

And, my thoughts would often know.


But now I’ve come to learn that

I must often bite my tongue.

Nor are secrets to be shared

The way I did when I was young.


All I need is give and take,

Someone who calls me, and I, you.

One who loves the Lord and listens,

Spurs me on toward God—as you do.





(C) 2015 gratefulsue

(For Terry)


(from: Doctrines)

Truth’s friends

“The truth will make you free,”  1. Jesus said.

            Yes, of course, he’s right.

But, some truth is painful and ugly,

            and signals entering a fight.

Like a cancer now exposed,

            I would prefer that fact, untrue.

Life as usual, though false, I miss.

            Then, I knew what to do.

The truth sometimes has strange friends—

            confusion, silence, or shame.

 Sometimes anger or fear, even death.

            Perhaps, loathing a name.

 But one friend is beautiful, helpful, warm,

            a gift—necessary as sight.

Where blindness had ruled and darkness laughed,

            the truth brings us light.


1.  John 8:32




© 2018 gratefulsue


(from: Evangelism)

Shine His Light


Like a sparkler burning bright…

Such a short time to shine His light!

Only a moment to pierce blackest night,

To show the escape from blindness to sight.


While I’m alive, may the sparks sizzle—

Between Heaven and Hell, let me stand in the middle,

Yielding a crop—whether much or little.

May my light for Christ never fizzle.





(C) 2015 gratefulsue