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?

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