I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.
I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.
Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.
In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

~Pablo Neruda

 

Light of Day: Poems from Second Timothy

Second Timothy

 

(2 Timothy 2:16, 23,

Psalm 18:2)

Do Not Indulge

Do not indulge

In foolish talk;

Instead, give thanks

To God the Rock.

 

(2 Timothy 3:16)

God’s Word

The Bible is

God’s Word; check it

Yourself and read

John’s book a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

(2 Timothy 4:2)

Paul’s Charge to Timothy

In season, out

Of season, be

Prepared to preach

The Word, like me.

 

(2 Timothy 4:7)

Paul’s Race

He says he’s run

Until the end,

A pledge to God

He would not bend.

 

 (2 Timothy 4:7)

The Fight, the Race, the Faith

The good fight I

Have fought, the race

I’ve finished, and I

Have kept the faith.

 

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Psalm 1

Psalm 1

1 Blessèd the man who does not walk

By wicked men’s advice or stand

In sinners’ ways or sit inside

The mockers’ seat, 2 but his delight

Is in God’s law, and on his law

He meditates both day and night.

 

3 He’s like a tree that’s planted by

Some water-streams, which yields its fruit

And whose leaf does not wither, so

Whatever he may do succeeds.

 

4 Not so the wicked! They’re like chaff

The wind blows off, 5 so wicked men

Will not withstand the judgment, nor

Sinners the good men’s gathering,

6 For on good men God keeps his eyes,

But ways of wicked men will die.

Light of Day: Poems from First Timothy

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First Timothy

 

(1 Timothy 1:4-5)

We’ve Heard

We’ve heard about

Your faith and love,

Of hope that’s stored

For you above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1 Timothy 4:2)

Your Conscience

Your conscience, you

Have chilled and quelled:
You’ve numbed God’s voice . . .

You are not well.

 

(1 Timothy 5:18)

His Pay

From age to age,

From day to day,

The laborer

Deserves his pay.