This "Introduction" and the concluding poem are from my 7th book of poems. To read the posts from my others, click on these links:
Poems Between Heaven and Hell;
Poems Between Darkness and Light;
Poems Between Death and Life;
Lord, lead me safe on the physical planepast life-draining pits on the upward pathwhere frolic’s folly brings bodily painor sins I avoid feed the devil’s wrath.As my strength subsides and my powers wane,Lord, lead me safe on the physical plane.God, govern my will, as my mind grows old,while my life-clock ticks till its spring’s unwound.When the final days of my stay unfold,keep my feelings calm and my thoughts still sound,discerning the dross from the goal of gold—God, govern my will, as my mind grows old.As my soul declines, let my spirit sing;as my mission ends, let my worship last.May I still be grateful for everythingwith a forward look, letting go the past.To Your glory’s praise, ever-present King,as my soul declines, let my spirit sing!
— David L. Hatton, 11/20/2020
(Poems Between the Beginning and the End, © 2021)