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How Beautiful, How Sad

How beautiful, how sad
The stark dichotomy
How grand, how Galahad
The thought occurred to me.
How does a man react
When told this solemn tale?
The hardest heart is cracked
The strongest legs will fail.
A Man devotes His life,
His every waking thought
To them that hold the knife,
And those that know Him not.
He knelt that we might live
Instructions were complete
“Receiving is to give.”
“Refrain from all deceit.”
He lived without a mark
No sin to stain His Name
Yet, His eyes braved the dark,
For us He took the blame.
Without His sacrifice
We’d all embrace the flame
And miss sweet Paradise
While burdened under shame.
What man of you would give
When faultless thought and deed
Your life that sinners live
To meet a glaring need?
So I accept the gift
In grace and in relief
For shoring up the rift,
But cannot dodge the grief
When thinking of the hate,
Of clenching teeth and fists
Of bruised and bleeding pate,
Of spikes through feet and wrists.
This necessary wrong
Has fire allied with ice.
I weep, yet all along
My thanks cannot suffice.
So beautiful, so sad
The circumstance, the cost.
But for He woolen-clad
We ALL are hopeless lost!

      1996 Derrick L. Williams
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11 Comments »

  1. Hello Derrick –

    We attend the same church; Fellowship Memphis, and I heard about your writing through Brian during one of our Sunday services. I think your poem is deep, yet it makes sense.

    I am contacting you because I publish an e-zine for working single mothers and we often seek out writers. Our May/June issue’s theme is “The Missing Father”. I don’t know if you are a product of a single parent, but if so, I would love to know if you would be interested in writing an article for that issues.

    You can contact me at clenicejones@gmail.com. I will provide details at that time!

    Thanks!

    CJ

    Wow! Thanks! I am glad you took the time to stop and read!
    Derrick.

    Comment by CJ Jones | March 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. Beutiful message.

    Comment by michael capps | May 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. DERRICK, YOU THE MAN. I TELL PEOPLE IF THEY WANT TO KNOW MY WORLDVIEW, TO CHECK OUT YOUR SITE. I CAN RELATE AND AGREE NOT TO SOMETHINGS BUT TO ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU POST. KEEP IT COMIN’ BRUTHA’. MAY GOD BLESS U AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

    Comment by LJ | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. LJ, Thanks a lot! I guess this thing is making a difference.

    Comment by maxdaddy | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. Derrick,

    I like your style in here. We share many the same tastes and like-minded blogs. Check out “The Writing on the Wall.” If you are feeling it, I would love to swap links. I believe we could both send folk each other’s way.

    Peace,
    HiScrivener

    Comment by hiscrivener | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  6. Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

    _________________________________
    Making Money $150 An Hour

    Comment by Mike | March 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Derrick, you are a true inspiration to me not only as a sax player, but as a Christian, husband and dad. I love your spirit! I had no clue that you were such a gifted writer. I will subscribe to your facebook now and this site once I figure out how to. Keep being that great example that you are. God bless, Sal

      Thanks, Sal! Good to hear from you, too!

      Comment by Anonymous | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi, I just arrived back from New York to my homeland Australia after a 15day stay. I met a homeless person in Brooklyn Williamsburg just down were I was staying on Grayham avenue he apparently was a born again christian through the ministries of Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland he kept showing me thier photoes. This persons name was Jamie Gaza, he was so brainwashed by these morons that dont care about their followers unless there educated and have something to offer thier ministries.Poor Jamie was living on the street with an old shopping trolly with all his life in there some brochers he had purchased from thier ministries they hadent given them to him he had to buy them and he slept in the fold out chair at night with an old blanket someone had given him and of course he had a bible.I am also a born again christian I belong to the reformed Prebyterian church in Victoria Australia,thats what prompted me to talk to Jamie,I asked were he was living before he became homless he said in Texas were he had a job as an oil rigger he had a wife and family, but he was real bad he said he had been in prison and would lie all the time etc he was a sinner till one of Kenneth Copelans followers told him aboit Jesus in prison she was a healer she prayed over his eyes and her could now see I dont know exactly how blind he was but I dont think he had a clear spiritual vision anyway. He said he was on a pilgramige all on his own and he wanted to be like Jesus,I said to him thats fine but it might be better that you belong to a congregation or spiritual family were you are explained about the scriptures and I dont think God would want you to leave your children and wife to do what you are doing. he said I was a prophetess I just looked at him and said I am a born again christian I have recieved the Holy Spirit through Christ not through any one laying there hands on me. Look he was a very nice person and I know he loved the Lord every time he said the word Jesus his whole face would light up. We became freinds and I would visit him every day at the same street corner and take him what ever he asked for,it was always food and drinks or coffee I would have taken him in the house but the people I was staying with who I hardley new because I was renting a room there didnt want any strangers in thier house. Jamie would always say Kenneth is a big Prophit and he is always praying for Jamie and so was Benny Hinn he was so taken by these >”;One morning Jamie had to go to the toilet while he was gone I looked through some mail that was sent to him by the Benny Hinn ministries and it was a mail list letter with Jamies name printed on it with the 1,0000,s that would have been sent out with a meditating prayer about creating money,well it clearly wasnt working for Jamie. When Jamie got back I asked him if people give him money or if the ministry gave him any money after all he was a missionary for them he said no but some stanger had given him $500.00 about a month ago and he sent $300.00 to the Kenneth Copeland ministries and spent $150.00 on there marketing material and $50.00 he kept for food,Jamie was so happy that they sent him a letter back and a gift,I asked to look at the letter It was a computer automated letter thanking him for his donation and the gift was a dvd on them talking,pity Jamie did’nt have a cd player or even access to a power point because he lived on the street.I felt so sorry for him I told him I think the Lord would want you to go home to your family they need you He quoted me a scripture from the bible about denying every one but following christ. I left went to a store and bought him socks a shirt and a tie,the one he was wearing he said he had found on the street and it looked like it too it was so tattered and torn and was very dirty,I told him I was leaving that day to fly away to Australia he told only God would let me fly away I told him God knows Im going home today and he wants me to go. We shook hands blessed each other and I walked away I must have prayed for Jamie nearly all the flight back home that took around 30hours.Jamie did have a post office box address so I will send our church sermons every week on paper for free as all good christians should GOD gave us his word as a gift he didnt put a price on it. I JUST WANTED TO SHArE THIS WITH SOMEONE GOD BLESS

    Comment by peggy lekkas | September 23, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hi, I just arrived back from New York to my homeland Australia after a 15day stay. I met a homeless person in Brooklyn Williamsburg just down were I was staying on Grayham avenue he apparently was a born again christian through the ministries of Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland he kept showing me thier photoes. This persons name was Jamie Gaza, he was so brainwashed by these morons that dont care about their followers unless there educated and have something to offer thier ministries.Poor Jamie was living on the street with an old shopping trolly with all his life in there some brochers he had purchased from thier ministries they hadent given them to him he had to buy them and he slept in the fold out chair at night with an old blanket someone had given him and of course he had a bible.I am also a born again christian I belong to the reformed Prebyterian church in Victoria Australia,thats what prompted me to talk to Jamie,I asked were he was living before he became homless he said in Texas were he had a job as an oil rigger he had a wife and family, but he was real bad he said he had been in prison and would lie all the time etc he was a sinner till one of Kenneth Copelans followers told him aboit Jesus in prison she was a healer she prayed over his eyes and her could now see I dont know exactly how blind he was but I dont think he had a clear spiritual vision anyway. He said he was on a pilgramige all on his own and he wanted to be like Jesus,I said to him thats fine but it might be better that you belong to a congregation or spiritual family were you are explained about the scriptures and I dont think God would want you to leave your children and wife to do what you are doing. he said I was a prophetess I just looked at him and said I am a born again christian I have recieved the Holy Spirit through Christ not through any one laying there hands on me. Look he was a very nice person and I know he loved the Lord every time he said the word Jesus his whole face would light up. We became freinds and I would visit him every day at the same street corner and take him what ever he asked for,it was always food and drinks or coffee I would have taken him in the house but the people I was staying with who I hardley new because I was renting a room there didnt want any strangers in thier house. Jamie would always say Kenneth is a big Prophit and he is always praying for Jamie and so was Benny Hinn he was so taken by these >”;One morning Jamie had to go to the toilet while he was gone I looked through some mail that was sent to him by the Benny Hinn ministries and it was a mail list letter with Jamies name printed on it with the 1,0000,s that would have been sent out with a meditating prayer about creating money,well it clearly wasnt working for Jamie. When Jamie got back I asked him if people give him money or if the ministry gave him any money after all he was a missionary for them he said no but some stanger had given him $500.00 about a month ago and he sent $300.00 to the Kenneth Copeland ministries and spent $150.00 on there marketing material and $50.00 he kept for food,Jamie was so happy that they sent him a letter back and a gift,I asked to look at the letter It was a computer automated letter thanking him for his donation and the gift was a dvd on them talking,pity Jamie did’nt have a cd player or even access to a power point because he lived on the street.I felt so sorry for him I told him I think the Lord would want you to go home to your family they need you He quoted me a scripture from the bible about denying every one but following christ. I left went to a store and bought him socks a shirt and a tie,the one he was wearing he said he had found on the street and it looked like it too it was so tattered and torn and was very dirty,I told him I was leaving that day to fly away to Australia he told only God would let me fly away I told him God knows Im going home today and he wants me to go. We shook hands blessed each other and I walked away I must have prayed for Jamie nearly all the flight back home that took around 30hours.Jamie did have a post office box address so I will send our church sermons every week on paper for free as all good christians should GOD gave us his word as a gift he didnt put a price on it. I JUST WANTED TO SHArE THIS WITH SOMEONE GOD BLESS
    +1

    Comment by Rosa | September 26, 2011 | Reply

  9. Very nice poem

    Comment by ron emilsen | August 2, 2013 | Reply


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