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Pruning the Branch
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By Michelle Angelini
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Pruning the Branch


I am a branch grown crooked,
needing more pruning.
My leaves shrivel and die.
My bark peels, no longer
abundantly brown.

Sometimes, I choose
to see only darkness,
in that moment, dying more.
When I choose
allow the warmth of the Spirit,
I grow in His Light.

A Master Gardener,
penetrates radiance into my heart:
The Spirit
of wisdom and understanding.
The Spirit
of counsel and power.
In that moment, I understand
the Spirit
of knowledge and fear of the Lord.

The Gardener cradles
this branch in His hands tenderly,
with a strength I can understand
only in deepest pain.

I can be alive once more
in the Lord’s Spirit holding this heart,
pruning me toward maximum growth.
I know who is holding me,
cradling this branch against
fear the world’s power.

This branch sees the world
through the eyes
of Him who holds her.


Author's Note: Inspired by Isaiah 11:1-2

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Submitted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2008

About the Poet
Michelle Angelini, aka Chelle, has been writing poetry for over 40 years. She has been published in many Southern California chapbooks and calendars. I am retired and dealing with my health issues. My Saviour, Jesus is always with me. God holds me within His wings. I am working slowly on a second book poetry and possibly my photography. And, I'm over 65 now and still loving it, even though my social life is not what it once was because of the painful fibromyalgia. It's quite frustrating, but I know Jesus still has "work" for me to do to show how much He blesses me.

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