He that made the ear (After George Herbert’s “Longing”)

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?

Published by Matthew Pullar

Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.

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