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A Poet Rests in the 131st Psalm
by Jan Ackerson  
1/29/2008 / Poetry


But I
am a leaf
slightly quivering

But I have
been a ripple
that tickles silver sands

But I have stilled
the thump of my heart with
the syllables of Your holy name

But I have stilled and quieted my soul


Like a
breath, a
whispered breeze

Like a weaned
kitten who purrs with
throaty and contented rumbles

Like a weaned child
no more blind and panicked
rooting, no more grasps from dimpled fingers

Like a weaned child with its mother


Like a
whisper, a
sweetly spoken caress

Like a weaned child
ready to stand, to stretch,
to step, I grasp your hand, and trust


Is my
hushed, hushed,
soothed and rested self

Is my soul
when You quiet me
when You cover me, when You surround me

Is my soul within
my soul without, my soul
yesterday and tomorrow, my soul there and here

Is my soul within me
when You lead me to the place
where all is stillis stillis still

Like a weaned child is my soul within me...

Psalm 131:2 (NIV)

Jan is a Christian who has traveled through sorrow and depression, and has found victory and grace. She dedicates all writings to her Heavenly Father. Check out Jan's website at
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