The Road (After Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill”)

One of my favourite poems by Christina Rossetti is the lovely and comfortingly simple “Uphill”. The poem is written as a dialogue between two people and has always expressed to me both the hardship of the Christian walk and the certainty of the hope before us. I have tried to reflect these things in writing this poem.

The Road (After Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill”)

The road is longer than I thought.
Yes: longer, and much harder too.
The pain is great. Why weren’t we told?
You didn’t hear Him when He warned you.
 
The victory songs we sang were lies.
Not lies, but only half the truth.
There is no sign yet in the skies.
Not yet, but His scars are our proof.
 
What can we hope for, as we wait?
For grace sufficient for our thorns.
And will this see us through His gate?
Of that you can be sure.
 
And then will day consume our night?
The endless day will start.
And will our faith then be made sight?
Yes, sight to fill your heart.

8 thoughts on “The Road (After Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill”)

  1. Love! I love the lines, “What can we hope for, as we wait? For grace sufficient for our thorns. And the last lines, “And then will day consume our night? The endless day will start. And will our faith then be made sight? Yes, sight to fill your heart.”

  2. This is a real contrast to the way some churches promote a prosperity gospel (which is so unbiblical), thanks for being real Matthew and sharing your own struggle with us all.

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