Inspirational Poetry: Silent Church



In the darkness of a dim-lighted sanctuary,
A lightness hangs in the cool air…

Memories of years past,
those who once sat there,
chattering in the pews.
Or the uplifting singing voices
that filled the Sunday air….

I stand alone in the middle of the empty aisle,
waiting to hear a voice,
for a gesture,
for a healing touch…
Sometimes I look for you.
I need you so much…

A light surrounds the wooden cross,
and I silently praise love
from the depths of my heart,
as I want to hear you,
in the darkness of a dim-lighted sanctuary.

The air is cold,
the memories…
seem so broken…
so old
in the darkness of a dim-lighted sanctuary.

I touch the smooth edges of the wooden cross,
wondering where have all the people gone,
They seemed to have gotten lost.

God, they don’t find you there anymore.
The walls-
they’ve gotten too small.
Restrictions, government, rules-
The agony….
It’s scared us all.

I stand,
in the middle of the aisle,
still waiting
Because of my undying faith.

The air,
It’s so cold.
But this old place,
it always felt like home…

But God-
I think they forgot to give You a key…
Those people, they’ve forgotten
All the places You can be.

The people seemed to
have uninvited You from the
home we once known,

They need to be reminded,
You are everywhere around us.
You never left…
It was the people
who raised injustice

I’ll carry you in when I arrive,
Just like those times,
you carried us through the sand
during the high tide.

In the darkness of a dim-lighted sanctuary,
A lightness hangs in the cool air.
God, in my heart, I’ll keep you,
because no matter where I am at in life,
I know you are always there…

-Ariana R. Cherry 2014

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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