The Kite

The Kite
Like a kite caught in the
grasping branches of a
tree and cut loose from the
bonds of slender
string that held it oh, so
firmly in the grasp of love, you
flap angrily in the wind,
broken and
unprepared for what you
might face if the
branches release their
grip from your delicate wings.

I want to
climb the tree and
untangle you from the twigs that
bind you. I want to
gather you to me and
never let you go.

On my own I can
do nothing. What holds you
captive could never
bear my weight.

I must trust God to
let him heal your
brokenness and
anchor your
wandering flight to
unknown places
when you break free
from that tree.

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • This is beautiful and oh so true! Only God can cut the ties that bind us! I’ve learned that several times myself! Thankful for His mercies.
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  • Words for the soul. A beautiful poem.
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  • Tara

    Beautiful poem! Praying my friend!

  • Just beautiful, Anita. The words and the heart behind it…trusting God to heal and anchor. Thank you for sharing.
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  • This is such a beautiful image, Anita. You have a wonderful way with words. Would that all of us who are so bound might experience the healing of God’s gathering and strong arms! Stopping by from 31 Days Survivors
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  • Anita what a beautiful post. Your words speak such truth. We can’t always be the rescuer. Rather, we have to trust God to do what He knows is best. How hard that can be! Your poem spoke to me. Thank you for sharing this.
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  • Nice metaphor!

    Somewhat apropos…I read last night in Don Harward’s “Distant Thunder” about his days as an armoured-warfare instructor. One day he suggested to a tank commander that he use his vehicle to knock down a tree. (Not environmentally friendly, perhaps, but it’s best to know how to do it, if it becomes necessary in combat.)

    There’s method to this; one approaches the tree slowly, to make the event predictable.

    But the TC didn’t do this. He ordered his driver to speed up at the last minute, which had the effect of whipping the tree over the turret…and the branches plucked the hapless TC out of his hatch, and deposited him on the ground behind the tank.

    The crew never noticed his departure…it was unexpected, I mean, how many TCs are captured by trees? So they didn’t stop, and the lesson was underscored by the now-foot-mobile TC chasing his vehicle into the middle distance.
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  • This is lovely! I am a planner, and something God has shown me over and over again lately is that I am NOT in control. I desperately want to untangle the kite, but I have to rely on him to do it for me.

  • Bind us, Lord, to Thee!
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  • Don

    Oh, the aches one feels for loved ones who a bound by Satan’s subtle strands of deception and are struggling to be set free… and we feel so helpless.
    Only God, in His time, not ours, is our only hope!

  • Beautiful! I love your analogy comparing our lives with a kite. May we all be set free and in the process healed from our brokenness. Love you friend!
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  • Oh yes, the challenge to want to untangle it all! I hear you, Anita. Thanks for your poetry, too, this week!

  • I love this, Anita! Only God is Rescuer. Thank you for the reminder to love and pray and wait for Rescuer to come and do what only He can do!!
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  • Beautiful poem. I just spent a little time exploring your site and realized that we have cancer care in common. Twenty-five years ago my son received chemotherapy and eventually a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. He was a brave warrior, but he did not survive. It was maybe two years before I could refocus my life. We need the help of God. I was glad that I kept a journal with my prayers and observations. When I reviewed the journals after Steven died I was able to see the hand of God. Blessings!
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    • Oh, I’m so sorry about your son. How precious to have that record of all that went on during your season of caregiving and loss so that you have a record of God’s hand in your lives. Grief affects each of us differently–but it’s such a comfort to know that Jesus is always alongside us in our grief and pain.
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