09 January 2016

How to Wait


Too excited to sleep!
Something is stirring from
my gut up to my heart-
beats but not yet to
the vocal stream for speech.

Naturally it wants
chocolate.  I give it
a pear and then I wait,
feet up bared to cool air
in lieu of glowing coals.

Torture never assists
thinking, nor does sugar.
The pear takes attention
to its golden crunch munch,
its undeserved reward.

With the damp core palmed tight
I turn to my buddy
Jesus for help, knowing
this is a dilemma
he will enjoy solving.

Not directly, oh no—
in parable is his
delight as he trains my
heart to hear the call
of the great Creator.

And it will take a while,
I know, so I rise, put
the spent pear to compost,
wash my hands, say goodnight
and trust answers will come. 


Copyright © 2016  Susan L. Chast




24 comments:

ayala said...

Chocolate wins for me most days but the Pear is just a good :) lovely!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this....and your discipline, LOL.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Delicious writing Susan :D

thotpurge said...

Love the last few lines...
put the spent pear to compost,
wash my hands, say goodnight
and trust answers will come.

We have to do our bit and after that it is all faith and hope. Wonderfully said Susan!

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

This is inspired Susan....a lesson I need to learn!

brudberg said...

Maybe the answer is in just asking the question... maybe it's the pear itself or the fact that we can go back to sleep...

Gail said...

Love this!

Jae Rose said...

What a deliciously sweet poem...sleepless nights are sometimes claustrophobic and unbearable but here you show us the art, skill and wisdom of learning to wait...to enjoy what is there (pear or chocolate) and put trust in whoever and whatever we believe in to see us through to the morning and indeed embrace it

Mary said...

Well, this definitely is discipline. Best solution --> no chocolate in the house! Smiles. But, aside from that, we do have to train ourselves to resist temptations...chocolate AND otherwise! When accomplished, it feels SO good. Smiles.

C.C. said...

This is divine....like chocolate :-)

Toni Spencer said...

"my buddy Jesus"...and your pear is a parable as well. Trusting answers will come....just perfect. Wise poem and not preachy.

Truedessa said...

I guess we take life in bites..one crunch at a time...if chocolate was around I might have to have a sweet taste. Just one bite I would say...

Gillena Cox said...

luv how your ideas are just forming there in thought-land aided by the divine to right time of blossoming

And thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

much love...

7384 said...

Waiting is an open door to temptation. I'm afraid I would have grabbed the chocolate,

Elizabeth

~Broken voices~ said...

Well as silly as it may sound a nice juicy pear wins over chocolate any time for me, never had a craving for it. Now name some other treats and I think that pear would still be sitting for sometime... (smile) nice write!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Gorgeous way of dealing with the situation!

dsnake1 said...

enjoyed the poem!
a pear is as good as any chocolate, i think. :)

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

faith is a curious thing. pears are delicious but chocolate tests me always

gracias

Kerry O'Connor said...

It is good to find your calm centre before bed - otherwise you'll be beset with a sleepless night.

writersdream9 said...

You describe trusting God so beautifully!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Trusting that the answers will come is sometimes a long and lonely experience...

James Toma said...

I enjoyed the references to Jesus as always. thanks for this.

Wendy Bourke said...

There is a wonderful conversational tone to this piece, which, when it is done as brilliantly as you have pulled it off, here - is, always a treat ... almost as if the reader in ease dropping, on a stream of consciousness: and really relating to what they are hearing! Very cool!

humbird said...

Oh, this is the way to work the starving at night...the fruit? the best...and wait for answer next day! Love it.