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Violet Nesdoly

Honorable Mention 2009 Canadian Christian Poetry Contest (Winter): $50

About this Christian Poet:
Violet Nesdoly lives in Langley, B.C. with her husband. She is the mother of two adult children and is a grandmother. She does freelance writing in several genres. Her poetry has been published in Time of Singing, M.B. Herald, Prairie Messenger, CAPPERS, Birds and Blooms, utmostchristianwriters.com, and others. Her second book of poems, Family Reunion, was released in February 2007 in conjunction with her term of Utmost International Christian Poet Laureate, 2006-2008. It is available for purchase directly from her.

His Name

“Whisper… Call out … Shout out His name
And He will come to you.”*

Choir rehearsal room grows warm with Presence
Suddenly it’s too hot in here for this coat of denial
sweater of self-sufficiency shirt of independence
Everything that insulates from His touch
puddles on the floor
as I crouch beside the path
an oblivious desperate Bartimaeus-woman

calling out for the life of my brother
riddled with cancer
      JESUS!
begging for the return
of my happy-go-lucky son
         JESUS!
weeping over my own
independent carnal ways
            JESUS!

Copyright©2008 by Violet Nesdoly

* Lyrics from “Whisper His Name” by Jonathan Stockstill