Poetry by Mark Richardson: “Dear Sisters”

MODEST…YET EXCITING.

S y d n e y T r a d s

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I know that you can wear a smiling face,
that is no true measure of your inner grace.

Men meeting men take care not to provoke,
And keep their peace, to avoid a fight
That you, less fitted for aggression,
Smooth over, with the sudden light
Of smiling eyes, that turn our minds
to thoughts of beauty, love, delight.

But what if you take off this mask?
And you were just a soul,
naked, without the pretty dress
you wear to outwardly impress?

What is there in a woman’s heart?
Can there be a settled will to love,
can she force her feelings to the good,
If her softness sets her apart?

Sisters, you have much to prove.
There is a beauty written on your body
There is a loveliness that can move
men to see you and admire
you as a form of life that we desire
to be…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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