Hard as Nails.


a poem by C.S. Lewis.

Love’s as warm as tears,
Love is tears:
Pressure within the brain,
Tension at the throat,
Deluge, weeks of rain,
Haystacks afloat,
Featureless seas between
Hedges, where once was green.

Love’s as fierce as fire,
Love is fire:
All sorts – infernal heat
Clinkered with greed and pride,
Lyric desire, sharp-sweet,
Laughing, even when denied,
And that empyreal flame
Whence all loves came.

Love’s as fresh as spring,
Love is spring:
Bird-song hung in the air,
Cool smells in a wood,
Whispering, “Dare! Dare!”
To sap, to blood,
Telling “Ease, safety, rest,
Are good; not best.”

Love’s as hard as nails,
Love is nails:
Blunt, thick, hammered through
The medial nerves of One
Who, having made us, knew
The thing He had done,
Seeing (with all that is)
Our cross, and His.

Mom and Dad, you taught me all these things about love. You demonstrated all these things yourself – you are warm, fierce, lovely, hardy and true. And most of all, you taught me about Jesus and how his unfailing love is the most important thing I can lean on. I can never thank you enough for all you’ve shown by example.



One thought on “Hard as Nails.

  1. Thanks Shannon for the thoughts and kind words. You were a such a blessing when God gave you to mom and I, and you continue to set such a wonderful course of a God centered life and focus. I hope you and Bryan have as many wonderful times and memories over the years as mom and I have had. Love ya. Dad.

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