For Matthew with love from Love

The Prodigal

The gentle path I laid out for you
the path straight and true
But your eyes saw a different road
attractive to your point of view
And so no matter what I said
or what I tried to do
You sought the crooked path
where blooms with thorns grew
You stumbled along for quite a while
enjoying pretty posies
But you were wounded every time
you tried to smell the roses
Despite my pleas that you leave the path
and come to the straight and narrow
You could not break free, from the tangling vines
and fell like a wounded sparrow
In the dark, dank underbrush
where helplessness overwhelmed you
Your soul broke free and you called for me
And my love poured out to surround you
I took your fear and gave you hope
and you received it with an open heart
Now you and I will freely fly
to the path I laid out from the start

Poetry by Phyllis J. Rhodes
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Written on 2010-02-25 at 06:21

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Of course I don't know all the circumstances of this poem, but I can say that it certainly is a good one.


Stan Cooper The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi Phyliss...this is a great poem that almost every
parent will identify with

xxx Stan

Applauded and bookmarked.
Levi (namesake) did tend to cling to the vine
until to the Vine he was grafted.

Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
Amen! so true and so beautifully
written. When the prodigal son returns,
he is given all the Love which has been
with him since his birth and will remain
for all eternity.
A poem full of wisdom and heartfelt unconditional love.