Thursday, August 19, 2021

Singing for the Sake of Song

 


Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. ~Psalm 96:1


A trilling chord betrays its presence

Uninvited.  Frog caught

In chimney prison, pleads for help

We cannot see, cannot reach

To rescue, save, set free

And still, its cries of hope ring

Echoing in chambers bleak

Singing for the sake of song

Faith unbridled and unleashed

In life, in death, the same

Singing for the sake of song

Amen

35 comments:

  1. Intriguing poem ... How did the frog get in the chimney? We did once have a bird fall down the chimney, which we managed to rescue and release. But not a frog. Did it climb all the way up the roof? You've set me thinking now ... which is the sign of a good poem. Thanx Martha.

    God bless.

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    1. There are lots of frogs around my mother's home, Victor, due to a pond being near by. I don't know how the frog got into the chimney and whether it was able to get out again, though I do hope it did! I'm glad the words here made you think, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Sometimes, the most we can do is val faith for the sake of having faith. And it turns out to be sufficient.

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    1. Amen, Glynn! Our faith, and God's grace, are sufficient for us.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. I love your poetry. I was thinking though how much it would bother me to hear the frog's cries for help!
    Blessings!

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    1. It was distressing, Lulu, but at the same time, his call had a ring of joy to it, as if he was right where he wanted to be. I do hope he made his way out eventually. And thanks for your kind words regarding my poetry. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Yes, those tree frogs can get into anything and let's hope it found its way out again.
    They give always a good spring/summer concert and their 'voices' are happy ones of new beginnings.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Yes, Mariette, I do love listening to the chorus of frogs, especially after a good rain. Thanks for letting me know that these creatures are able to extricate themselves from precarious situations.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Oh, that poor frog! "Cries of hope" would surely get me. I must remember God hears the pleas of every living thing.

    PS - Your new profile 'pix' is great!

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    1. God does hear the pleas of all His creatures, Myra, and I'm so grateful for that. Glad you liked the new pic!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Really beautiful. I know God loves all His creation. Even a simple frog. Thanks for sharing and always being such a kind heart.

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    1. I so appreciate your kind words here, Anne. Yes, God values and loves all of His creation, and I pray this frog who entertained us with his call, made it to safety.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Singing for the Sake of Song. Sometimes that's all we can do, when joy is illusive. You've reminded me of an old Gaither song, God Gave the Song. The lyrics begin: "You ask my why my heart keeps singing, why I can sing when things go wrong. But since I've found the Source of music, I just can't help it. God gave the song." During these dark days, we can still sing, just like that frog in your dark chimney! (Lord, help us sing your song no matter what.)

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    1. Oh, Nancy, I simply must find this song on YouTube! God certainly does give us the songs to sing, when we, like Paul, are confined in prison. No one, no matter what their earthly power, can overcome the joy in the Lord.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. I love this, Martha! Sure hope the frog found his/her way out. xo

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    1. I sure hope it did, too, Terri, and Mariette, in her comment above, gave me hope for that. I can still hear his cry in my heart.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Poor little frog. I hope he escaped his prison. Lovely poem. Hugs and blessings, Martha

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    1. I do hope, Nells, that he made a dignified escape. There was nothing we could do for him except revel in his joyous sounds. A great reminder that only God is in control.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. A poet's heart my friend. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh, I pray that's what I have, J. D. Only want to please God!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Wonderful poem...and I pray the frog was able to Leap to safety. They are pretty good at hopping their way out of difficult places. I am glad he was joyful in his song no matter what. Good lesson for us.

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    1. A wonderful lesson, indeed, Pamela. We sing and celebrate no matter where we find ourselves. Happiness is temporary, but joy is forever. I do think this frog found his way out when the time afforded him. God is good like that, isn't He?
      Love and blessings!

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  12. That last line rang in my heart!! so special

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    1. We sing because God us gave us this gift, Jean, and we love because He gave that, too. What is it we could possibly lack?
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Thank you, Regine. Know how much I love your poems!
    Love and blessings!

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  14. This is beautiful, Martha! I joining this jubliant choir to sing a song of rescue and rememption to the Master Choir Director.

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    1. So glad to know you are singing along, Karen, with the Master of Song.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Oh wow, you are quite the poet Martha, this is beautiful. I can almost 'feel' the song.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Marja. Happy that you could feel the song. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  16. Was gone all weekend to Ohio so missed posting earlier Martha. A song in the heart is one of the cure's to the "blues." Without specifically mentioning singing, my post on Shadow tomorrow (Monday) will talk about the need for a song in the heart.

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    1. I'll be looking forward to reading Monday's post, Bill. We all need a song in our hearts.
      Love and blessings!

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  17. "Singing for the sake of song," what an interesting thought. Music (and scripture) are balms to my soul during these days of not-much-good-news.

    Great photo of a frog!

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    1. I'm glad that phrase "struck a chord" with you, Barbara. We can, and do, take much comfort in scripture and uplifting music, especially in troubled times.
      Love and blessings!

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