My last George Herbert-inspired poem is a bit different to the other three. This time I have decided to use just two lines from his poem, “Longing”, as the stimulus for my own poem:Lord heare! Shall he that made the ear Not heare? It seemed a great place to start. The original poem is quite long so I won’t include it in this post. But you can read it here if you are interested. My poem is written in the form of a villanelle, which is a traditional French form that involves the cycling repetition of two refrains. I hope you enjoy it!
He that made the ear (After George Herbert’s “Longing”)My heart lies at Your feet in fear. My vision trembles and thoughts cry: Shall He that made the ear not hear? I wait through all the waiting year, Bringing You my waning sigh; My heart lies at Your feet in fear And yet this quiet hope hangs near, A question with no firm reply: Shall He that made the ear not hear? I watch, in hope You will appear; Lord, hear! I cry. My words aim high – My heart lies at Your feet in fear. Clouds laugh at me and vacuums jeer; But there is time still to defy. Shall He that made the ear not hear? The heavens sit, a blank frontier, Yet nothing hides there from Your eye. My heart lies at Your feet in fear… Shall He that made the ear not hear?