Jihad

Everest looms before me
Axe in hand, and all alone
A tiny rock had killed Goliath,
But what if Goliath
Was made of stone?

Icy winds bear harsh whispers,
Telling tales of misplaced fears.
Entranced,
Hacking, fighting was I,
And the mountain leers.

Naught
But a dent
Wrought
In the cold mass.

A battle….
Defeated.
What a loss.

Ax in shambles,
Spirit shaken
Doubt’s buzzing in my ears

Weeping
In the face of
A weakness man reveres.

Dare I live
Beyond my death
Cowering behind
This shameful veil

Dare I plea
For Courage’s renewal
For my toils
To avail

And if I perish
Be it after
My heart renders
Final thrust

But when I prosper
Be it known
In God was
My utter trust

Broken ax meets solid summit
Solid power, solid fear
With a force of golden passion
And a tide of joyous tears

Mighty mount explodes in anguish
Victory’s voice has now been found
And this hurdle, once so daunting,
Pebbles, prostrate on the ground.

And David slew Goliath.

Jihad

Natella2020

Joined December 2007

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Artist's Description

Jihad is an Arabic word meaning “struggle.”

Fellow RB-er Karla Pate had requested a topic and a set of words to write a poem. My suggestion was this:

Topic: strength

Words:

1) cold
2) fear
3) loss
4) pebbles

You can find her own work, titled “Strength”, in her profile. Here is my effort. Thank you Karla for this refreshing exercise.

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