On Being Chased

(Embracing Grace)

for some shadow
some shallow shade
some quiet glade, some
place to hide your worn,
unworthy heart.

and see if it goes away
calls it a day, decides
there are bigger, better
fish to save.

why it’s sticking
around, still on your
tail on this ever winding
trail of bleeding, broken,
bent; why you’re worth it, how
on earth it could possibly be real.

its sacred face
for clues of faux and
fool and fake. Hold
every ragged breath
you take, until you’re
caught, held

how far east
might be from west,
and the kind of crazy
love that throws the
past that far, follows
you fast and hard
no matter




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4 Responses to On Being Chased

  1. glo says:

    Thank you. I am especially moved ( to tears), by the last verse. This is beyond my understanding the crazy love that continually changes my life and follows me even when I cannot forgive myself.

  2. Sara v says:

    De, that ending really brings it home to the heart of it all–love the way that the poem had such and urgency/flow giving a real sense of being chased 🙂

  3. I love, “Fathom how far east might be from west” but all of it is music to my heart and soul. This poem is a beautiful gift to the world.

  4. Shawna says:

    I love the way your title and subtitle work together, all rhyme-y like that. 🙂

    Stanzas 1, 4, and 5 are particularly amazing. I love it when we sing this song at church:

    This is such a beautiful poem, De. Thank you for sharing this.

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