<a href="https://marksinthesand.com/2012/07/04/fire-and-a-cherry-tree/japanese-flowering-cherry-3/" rel="attachment wp-att-2544"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2544" src="https://marksinthesand.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2012/07/japanese-flowering-cherry-3-300x230.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="230" /></a>My face is split in two.
Cracked eyes and dry white lips
Express my damp emotions,
As lonely beads of pain caress my shallow name -
Yet somewhere in my heart
A wondrous fire burns.
A joyful song,
Its hands so lovingly reach out
And touch my meaningless fear.
Its comforting smile so meaningfully gives
The redemption I sorely craved.
In my heart is a fire and a cherry tree.
Am I so far away?
I have lost myself in my God -
You cannot reach me there,
But when you love the Light
As you love me...
You will live.
This is my tribute to “Ashes and Lemon Peel”, a poem by R. D. Laing. Laing’s poem was once a favourite of mine – his “ashes and lemon peel” (all that remains after fire and bitterness) spoke to the emptiness and meaninglessness that I experienced long ago. In contrast, “Fire and a Cherry Tree” is a poem of hope and consolation. I wrote it shortly after I “saw the light” of Christ for myself.