As you know, this has been the launch week for Velvet Ashes (Woot, woot!) and part of our routine is to hang out on Friday’s at The Grove. Each week Danielle will give us a word/phrase and then we’ll share. This week the word is:

And for some reason I’ve been lead to write a poem.

I know, it kind of makes me feel squishy on the inside thinking of my poetic abilities. But if we are in this together, you’ll live and I’ll live. :). Right?!


To get her

out of her lost state

He died and rose


To get her

a life of unique purpose

he called her to distant shores


To get her

out of her ignorance abroad

He helped her learn the ways of her new home


To get her

from floundering and alone

He placed her in community


To get her

really get her and her jokes,

her strengths, her holes, her gifts

He brought them




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  1. Kristi November 15, 2013 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Awesome! This so made me smile!

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      Amy November 15, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Kristi, thanks for not leaving me hanging :). And coming from such a truly gifted poet like yourself, I’ll smile sheepishly back at you :)

      • Kristi November 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

        I told you once that I thought you could write poetry. Your gift with metaphor naturally flows in that direction. You’ve done your niece proud too I’d bet! :)

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          Amy November 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

          Ha!! Oh I’ve got a long way to go to get to her skill :). But you are kind.

  2. Danielle November 15, 2013 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I felt squishy about offering up my own poetic (dis)abilities this week. But it’s kind of fun to see what comes out when you let the inspiration flow, no? And yours flowed out into pure loveliness. Love this.

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      Amy November 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      It was surprising what came out :). Love it when God surprises us.

  3. Morielle November 15, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Love this, most especially the last stanza. Not sure how God can bring all my quirks together….but someday I hope I can say words something like those. Super glad I can say the first stanza with all the gratitude that comes from knowing it’s true!

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      Amy November 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Oh for that day to come more quickly for all of us :)

  4. Becky Neufeld November 15, 2013 at 7:42 am - Reply

    This is wonderful! Can so relate! Love you!

  5. Carolyn November 15, 2013 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Awesome poem, Amy! Love this! (No squishiness – all beauty!) :)

  6. Katherine November 15, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Great poem Amy! I love the 3rd stanza as that was definitely me during my time in China.

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      Amy November 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      :) … I love how it is that our paths crossed and have stayed crossed all these years!

  7. Elizabeth November 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful. Just beautiful.

  8. Patty November 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I love that the Math Geek has morphed into a Poet!

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      Amy November 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Oh Patty, I am SO much more comfortable around math problems than poems. That’s for rooting, tooting sure!

  9. Amy S November 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Amy, what an original take on the word “Together.” I love this poem. I may have to write my own because I sure do love a good poetry prompt.

  10. emily thomas November 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Did you have months to work on this? You have an inside track on this word thing?
    That was SO creative. Not that you NEED months to be that creative…I’m digging a hole here.
    My point: loved it and I think it totally encapsulates what God does to a woman overseas. Refining for sure.

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      Amy November 16, 2013 at 6:46 am - Reply

      This was one where my patterns obsessed brain went to work. Together …. to … get … her. Now let’s all be afraid if next weeks work is something like “friend” — we’ll get fried in the end?! Yikes, see how badly this could go :).

  11. Tammy Ogden November 16, 2013 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Alone we go fast; TOGETHER we go far.

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      Amy November 16, 2013 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Tammy LOVE this!!

  12. Susan November 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Genius. Love it.

  13. Debbie February 28, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Love this!

  14. Melanie Carey March 1, 2014 at 2:21 am - Reply

    Amy, I loved this poem and although I don’t think I know you, your sense of humour really comes across! Like you I also enjoy patterns and I love the way you’ve used “Together” creatively.

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