The Lost Man - Poem

I was at the library the other day and I got to hear a famous self-sufficiency author speak about many things to do with horticulture, the ecosystem, self-sufficiency, and a host of other related topics. However underneath it all I could feel a spiritual current, as though he was a man who was trying desperately searching for substance in what he does, and not finding it. I was very moved by his apparent lostness, and wrote this poem the night following it.

The Lost Man

I met a man in my travels today
Who seemed as though he had lost his way.
For though he did talk, and laugh all the while,
I sensed a deep sadness behind his smile.

He lectured and spoke about many things,
On what kind of changes a climate shift brings.
Ecosystem, horticulture and law,
He left the audience asking for more.

After the event, I watched him sit down
And give a deep sigh with a slight troubled frown.
I thought on his words - he seemed to have tried
To bury their meaning deep down inside.

He looked like a man who strived on his own;
Hoping to reap from the seeds  he had sown.
But the nagging thought would not leave my mind -
For what he was searching, he would not find.

I felt compassion for him sitting there;
Like no one could bother, no one could care.
"You did good," I enthused, with the truth in my eyes,
But he looked despaired, as though used to lies.

"Did I?" he asked me, doubt clouding his face,
Desperately hoping for the smallest trace.
That all he had done could somehow be "right",
And save him the guilt he felt in his plight.

My heart ached to help, but what could I do?
You cannot find truth in what is untrue.
Saving the whole world will not save your soul,
For without Jesus, your life is a hole.

I turned to go - he remained in his seat -
Quietly mourning this man incomplete.
That night I prayed God would open his mind,
That instead of lies, God's Truth he would find.

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  1. Very well written, BushMaid! I really liked it.

    And "Make Me Like Glass" - have you thought about turning that one into a song? It could be a lovely one! :)

    To the KING be all the glory!

    1. Thankyou Rebekah! I'm glad you liked it. :)

      I hadn't thought of turning "Make Me Like Glass" into a song, no. I might play around with it sometime and see. Thankyou for the suggestion. :)

      Thanks also for reading and for commenting!

  2. That was a bit different than most of your poems, but just as good. :)

    1. Glad you think so, Jonathan. :) Thankyou for reading. How is it different from most of my poems, do you think?

  3. This is a lovely poem. :D
    Very moving. Great job!


    1. Thankyou Rosie! I'm glad you thought so. :)

  4. You always write lovely poems, Bushmaid! This one really makes you think about the man sitting there.


    1. Thankyou Jess! I'm glad I was able to write in a way that makes it easy to visualize. Thankyou for reading and commenting! :)

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