Treasure Island

Jinge Norvall

(Bulawayo)

My Life Is Like a River


The surface is calm, smooth and glassy,
Beauty reflected therein
An occasional ripple, or eddy,
Betrays the stillness and calm

Follow the river a while, for the eddies
Enlarge further on;
Twisting & turning, now restless,
They leap over log, fern and stone

The valley is wider, and deeper,
The river is roaring in pain
Currents confused and pulsating,
Thrashing and foaming in vain.

The cliff face is yawning & threatening,
The river is wild in its' rage;
And now, in reckless abandon,
It hurtles as it's done for an age


Right over the cliff, and onto the rocks
Where it knocks itself senseless to pain;
Now the river is curled in a pool far below,
Relieved and released from the strain

'Lord I'm ignoring the boundaries
As a river, I'm bursting my banks;
My currents are frothing and foaming
I don't want to stay in the ranks.

I need You to help me, Lord Jesus,
For You calmed the wild, raging sea
I need You to heal me, and bless me
To pour oil on the storms inside me.

Submitted: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Edited: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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This poem is a 'still waters run deep' poem.. about emotional turmoil that is hidden beneath the surface.

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  • John Raubenheimer (11/27/2011 9:47:00 AM)

    Thank you Jinge for your courageous poem. It's not easy to face emotional turmoil, nor is it straightforward making it into powerful images. I am moved by your poem and I'm sure Jesus will be too. Trust Him always. (Report) Reply

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