These two poems remind me of how important God was in Brenda’s life. Despite all that happened to her, which we’ll see hints of in some of the forthcoming poetry, her soul remains centered.
Winds of Fire (#28)
What I know to be God
Is infinitely kind
Just beyond all justice
Above the chains of time.
He holds me forever
In the cradle of His heart
I am blessed eternally
For we will never part.
My joy is mine alone
Through the eyes of all time
My soul flies free on wings of fire
For I am loved by Him
May 10, 1971
#29 is an acrostic form. She didn’t often use poetic gimmicks, but when she did, she did it with impact.
Love Returned (#29)
Leave me free, don’t make me guess
don’t ask what I cannot answer.
Over the hours of all the years
somehow I do not know.
Verily I roam. Seeking, asking
are you mine? I wish
E’er I depart this life, that I
should find peace within my soul.
Ray of light from Son of God
may I always be your carrier.
Even though some do not see
and many more will never hear.
Times of happiness and laughter
love, clear and pure.
Under laws I cannot understand
are we one?
Remember the good, tender, and kind
qualities worth having.
Never forget that we are all His children
have you taken the responsibility?
Eternity is now, now and forever after
what have you given?
Drive yourself to serve our God
for He alone can give His love.
October 13, 1971