I asked my 9th graders, after reading some of David’s psalms, to write their own. I couldn’t help but sharing a few (with permission) from these young ladies.
Nightmare by Nathalie Oliva
This nightmare is a blurry memory
Stuck inside my head,
It is mostly made of what I felt
When I saw my father dead.
How it happened I don´t remember,
My memory is only composed of feelings,
Like my heart was completely conscious,
But my brain was only dreaming.
I saw everybody walk in and out,
But did not recognize a face,
All I knew was that they weren´t my dad,
And only wanted my pain to erase.
I called out to God,
And asked Him to bring back my dad,
And when He didn´t do it,
Well, that just made me mad.
When I accepted he was gone,
I told God to take control,
And surely I felt a little bit lighter,
But my dad had still left in me a hole.
All I wanted was for this nightmare to end,
I wanted someone to take away my pain,
And when I cried for someone to wake me up,
They whispered: But darling, you´re already awake.
MY PSALM TO YOU OH LORD! by Elem
Oh! My Lord I cried out to you! You surrounded me with your arms and your peace was over and in me! You brought me close to your chest and hugged me and I heard the tender whisper of your love! You are my strength in my afflictions! I felt your grace over me and it encircled me. And I said take me Oh Lord and mold me like a diamond no matter how much the pain is make me who you want to be! You do whatever you need and make me an unwavering person. Hold me in your arms because there I find my comfort.
Belonging by Isis
When I don’t know where I belong,
When I am unshared of who I am
When my heart and my hands shake
For been afraid and scare,
But then I remember that He is always there,
When I don’t know what to do
I pray, pray to the Lord
Who bring me peace and love
All I have that I can give is love,
That He already gave me so far
When I think I am alone,
In a whole world without someone to help,
I remember He comes, to give me peace and love,
Because his huge love all around me He covers and all ,
When darkness comes, and a shadow is the only thing I can saw
I know He is there, being my light, even when I don’t see it
When people try to cut me down,
He is the one Who brings me up,
The one who give me strength and courage to keep on,
If I don’t have his love, I am nobody
His love, his peace, and his grace should cover our world
For a better been, for a better spirit and soul,
In this world of sinners.
A Father by Hasly
Almighty God, you listened to me in those harsh times.
Powerful and wonderful God, you heard my prayers.
You gave me strength when I was weak.
My mind has been hard to control,
But You have helped me.
It was not easy to get over it and I do still tend to fall again in my own game,
But you are always there supporting me.
Just like a father takes care of his children,
You have taken care of me.
I clearly understand that you do not give us a cross we cannot carry,
And I know I am not the exception.
Now, I know I am strong and I can get over it.
It has been hard to control what I think,
But with you in my heart I have started to control my thoughts.
My thoughts took me to things that were not correct.
I was not taking care of my body,
I was not protecting your dwelling place.
Trust me, I am really sorry.
I know that what I did was not correct.
I do not deserve the forgiveness of such a powerful and perfect being like you,
But I know you love me and I know that I love you.
I promise to take care of myself and love myself,
Just as I love you.
It might not be easy in a world like this,
But I am sure that with you with me I am going to do it.
Karen O says
Amazing and insightful words!
Liz Stockton says
Awesome thoughts and words. The first one about losing her father really struck a cord with me because my Compassion child lost her father when she was about 7 and I’m sure has faced some of those same feelings. Thank you for what you do with these students on a daily basis.
Kristi Hopkins says
Thank you for the encouragement.
Wow!! These are written with a childlike truth and love!