Poetic Story




One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails,
and not the gales,
That tell us the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate;
As we voyage along through life,
'Tis the set of a soul
that decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it."
Steven V. Thulon

"Always let love have the right of way."
The Author

Some Christian Thoughts On This Poem

I’m not a person who drops off to sleep that easily, hence this poem, which I think you’ll admit was a better effort than counting sheep. However, after I had written this poem, the following biblical associations began to dawn, which I believe was the handiwork of the Holy Spirit, not me, given that they weren’t consciously designed so. Initially, it was simply a story, one that I later decided I would do in poetical form incorporating a worthy message of some sort. The reason? I thought the story was too good not to.

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Like Gerald, Christ felt the pain of separation from His Father.

Like Gerald, Christ sought the well-being of His mother.

Like Gerald, Christ left His own country (Heaven) and travelled to a faraway country (earth). Via Christ doing so, we are able to gain a fresh start like Gerald, a new life, a life with a King, and we too will be greatly favoured and showered with plenty.

Gerald’s time in prison could perhaps be likened to Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness, Christ’s time in the tomb, or the trials and testing that comes to every committed Christian.

Like Gerald, Christ could have blown it but didn’t.

There was a Judas in Dana’s family.

Like Gerald, Christ was resented, accused, rejected, sentenced, and wrongly made to suffer.

Gerald’s accusers got their comeuppance. So too will those who accused Christ and saw Him hung on a cross.

Like Gerald, Christ kept his dignity throughout His ordeal on earth.

Gerald’s background was of humble origin. Christ’s earthy background was of humble origin.

The poem also contains certain biblical elements/connections such as a rebuilding, a recovery, redemption, a new life, a kingdom, a king, and a happily ever after end (eternal life).

Some have seen in this poem a likeness to the story of Joseph in Genesis. One could also see a likeness to the story of Daniel.

Gerald graciously took his girlfriend back even though she had rejected him and turned her back on him. Christ forgave His wayward ancient nation and took them back, more than once. He is gracious to us too, forgiving our waywardness also when we repentantly turn back to Him.

Very loosely so, Dana could be seen as the Church (bride) and Gerald as Christ (bridegroom).

Can you see other associations? Please feel free to let me know in order that others might be blessed.