Poem: A Hunger For

A Hunger For

Sometimes I hunger for a
Breath beyond what I am capable of now,
Choking down weighted morsels without composure.

Some moments I feel pressure to be
My ultimate, even when that phase is not yet upon me.

As I look to the glowing moon that
Has shed itself in half, I wonder at how I know that
Daylight will come tomorrow and yet I do not
Own the corner pieces within the project of me.

I ask the moon for words and
It only whispers a question to me –
Why rush the goodness that is to come?

 

Β©2015 Christy Birmingham

This poem was inspired by the quote in the Joyce Meyer pin shown at the top of this post. Thank you to Pinterest and the quote that I found there for the inspiration. As I read the words of Joyce Meyer, I thought about how difficult it can be to have patience. Sometimes progress seems so slow in the self, but I try to remember that all good things do come with time.

How do you stay patient with yourself, even when you want to progress faster than it seems to be happening?

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146 thoughts on “Poem: A Hunger For

  1. Billybuc

    Patience with myself? Who’s ever heard of such a thing? LOL I’m very patient with people I meet, but with myself? I think I need to work on that.

    Thanks for a much-needed reminder today, Christy.

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  2. Maria F.

    Christy, I empathize so much with what you’ve written here. It’s like the blooming of a plant, which has periodically bloomed, but ceases to do so, for a year, or two. One wonders why, the interruption, or delay of the accustomed process? Time delays, the blooming of this flower, even when disciplined care has been given, and toiling hands now miss the harvest. I admire your courage to come out in the open, and demonstrate that reaping time is indeed a long process, and that you have perhaps awakened to realize and accept it, fully open.

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  3. gertloveday

    A small thing, I know, but I think it would free up the poem and give it more flow if you replaced the capitals at the beginning of lines with small letters, except where a new sentence begins.

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      1. gertloveday

        These stylistic signatures are interesting. I seem to need to play with different things technically to keep things fresh for my own imagination, so good luck to you if you’ve hit on a style that works for you. All the best.

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  4. syl65

    I’ve learned to not be anxious for something. Patience builds up our gratitude and appreciation for the goodness, when it arrives. Great and inspiring post, Christy πŸ™‚

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  5. Sue Dreamwalker

    Christy.. your poem is ‘Powerful’ in its peace.. And your words should be hungered after. πŸ™‚
    You always have such an unique way of expressing your thoughts.. I so love your poetic pose.. πŸ™‚
    Have a super Weekend. xx
    Hugs Sue x

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Sue, I really don’t know how not to be unique with the poetry I write, it comes from the heart and takes those shapes… Reading that you like it is wonderful and it means a lot to me! I love it when you comment! Hugs to you for the weekend too xo

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker

        Likewise… I think Christy poetry is often channelled we do not have to even think of it for it flows .. It is part of who we are. πŸ™‚ and I am priverlidged to share in your poetic world..
        Many thanks
        ❀ xxx

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  6. Cyan Ryan

    Great poem, and interesting rhythm my friend! The contents and questions make me think of the lyrics to “Patience & Silence” by My Epic (not to mention the name of the band, and name of the song!).

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  7. Aquileana

    I love your poem, Christy Pie… Particularly the way the distant Selene becomes a confident support with those beautiful words she whispered to you!~ Truly a joy to read your verses tonight. Many hugs and all the very best to you, Aquileana πŸ˜€

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  8. Wendell A. Brown

    Faith in the Lord! I know he will do all he has promised and I know he will answer me every time i pray. He many not answer right away, but his answers are always on time. Hope, faith, love and his grace brings a certain peace to blossom within. Awesome post my sister! Your heart always brings to life such beautiful words and messages!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I wonder if we are born with a certain level of patience? Maybe it is a combination of genetics and environment… Now you have me wondering, Frank! I am in need of bubble wrap, by the way…!

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  9. rollyachabotbooks

    Excellent poem Christy… for me patience has become a learned skill and yes there are times when I forget… lol… In todays world it seems we feel we should accomplish everything at once. A mentor once told me as I was building my first log cabin. “Rush my friend and you are the one who will have to look at your mistakes for years to come.” He was so right, the first cabin sufficed for the time I needed it. The next one was built over time and each log was painstakingly placed with great care. When finished it became a home for many years. “Enjoy what you do and do it well, never be controlled by the expectations of others.”

    Hugs as always

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Your comment Rolly reveals that patience can hold many rewards in the end. I suppose the difficult part is seeing it through to the end and having faith in the process… I am so glad you were able to build the home that you had set out to do! Hugs

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  10. simon7banks

    I love the moon that has shed itself in half and the realisation that you don’t possess the corner pieces. I react with mixed feelings to the quote. Is someone who’s never passionate, desperate or angry fully human? Is the best reason for staying calm that it gives you power? What about a calm dictator or gangster?

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Ah, Simon, great questions to ask about the quote. Calmness and power may not always go well when they are hand in hand. Thanks for pointing out the moon reference – you are the only one to have commented on that part!

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  11. Rajagopal

    From worldly to metaphysical, so it seems your poetry is traveling… For everything there is a reason and a season, as defined by the Creator; thus things will happen as designed and at the planned time. It cannot be forced or expedited. Patience, faith and tolerance are traits that go together, which must probably be the reason for the bard to eloquently state that “she sat like patience on a monument”, to convey the spirit of accommodation, tolerance and hope inherent in a particular character…. Thought provoking poem, Christy…may I give u an appreciative pat on your back…rgds…Raj.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Raj,
      I will take your pat and give you one back as I always appreciate your comments. Your reading of the poem is wonderful and it is quite astute of you to note that patience builds character. I knew you would have a positive spin on this one! I think it is so kind that you share your insights here!

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  12. preciouspen1955

    Wonderful poem and proclaims for me that the wait is part of the experience of life’s wonders , it also seems to acknowledge that the journey is as important as the destination and not a means to an end something that as I have aged means more to me now than perhaps the younger version of me who spent a lot of time so focused on the end that the journey towards that end was often not enjoyed to the fullest so I suppose age has its delights. Kind Regards Kathy.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Kathy, Thank you for the articulate comment here. I think that is great that you see that patience can have its unique benefits… which shows that the way we think really does affect our understanding of the world, mood and spirit. May your day be full of patience and kindness!

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  13. julespaige

    Some count the stars by only looking down upon their reflections…
    True of celestial bodies and those humans so crowned.
    Confidence in the self is often overshadowed by what others want of us.
    A very good quote and complimentary verse.
    Best to you too!

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  14. dilip

    Beautiful and meaningful poem Christy. Your last sentence “How do you stay patient with yourself, even when you want to progress faster than it seems to be happening”? is a difficult question πŸ™‚ This is because Patience by itself encompasses other virtues too. The real test of Patience in times of extreme adversity and having done what we can to overcome the same – it is at this stage you need to exercise patience (real) and not do something that may hinder or stall a favorable outcome.

    For real patience to happen it needs to be underpinned with faith, courage and fortitude!

    Cheers and regards πŸ™‚

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Ohhh wonderful interpretation here, Dilip! I like that you point out that patience does not exist in a vacuum but rather with other emotions. True, patience really does involve courage! Sending kind thoughts your way for your weekend!

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  15. Andrea Stephenson

    I love so many lines in this poem Christy – ‘breath beyond what I am capable of’, the moon shedding itself in half, ‘the corner pieces in the project of me’ and that last message about not rushing the goodness to come. We want to get to that ultimate, but then what next when we get there? Far better to enjoy the journey.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Andrea, you are so wise. The journey is where the happiness lies, rather than in the destination.. I try to remember this but sometimes it eludes me… Your compliments are so nice to read! I hope your weekend is going well and thank you for the visit!

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  16. Resa

    No need to rush the goddess! This is a wonderful poem, Christy. No need to rush the reading of “Pathways to Illumination”, by a poetry goddess.

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  17. PreciousRhymes

    How lovely dear Christy! To cherish all that lies within us and love ourselves completely is something that life teaches us with much patience. Love the light, love the shadows; somehow beauty lies in embracing the whole πŸ™‚

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  19. Sherri

    Ahh…the virtue of patience! Beautiful poem Christy, just beautiful, conveying this constant struggle to want immediate answers, yet a poignant reminder that it is so often in the waiting that we find true wisdom πŸ™‚

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  20. cav12

    Lovely poem Christy and one that resonated with me. I do struggle with patience and one thing this writing journey I am on is to be patient. I must admit it is difficult to remain patient and now have a new word to replace patience–> Perseverance!

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  21. hilal achmar

    Dear My Old Friend Christy
    You wrote …… My ultimate: even when that phase is not yet upon me. πŸ™‚ We just need to work hard to achieve our goals. Only by working, our ultimate will appear. So we just wait and see …. Why rush the goodness that is to come? Hahaha …. you understand the truth about it ….. πŸ™‚ You gave a very good message to the reader. I love read your poetry. Regards. Hilal Achmar.

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  22. ghostwritingplus

    What a marvelous poem, Christy, I love it! And I don’t think I stay patient when things take too long. I get a little sad, then after a day or two I get over it and press on. It’s more a constant state of reminding myself that things take time. We don’t have a magic wand to make things happen now. All we really have at our disposal is perseverance and choosing each day to march forward … or sometimes, to go a different direction.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes, it’s tough sometimes when things seem to take longer! It’s a hunger we have perhaps evolved over time that is somewhere in each of us… So great to read your reflections on the poem, sweetie.

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  23. JL0073

    This is a good poem to read for anyone feeling like they are not their best selves at the moment. Sometimes we have to be patient. There’s a lot to think about and consider here.

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