Be Still 2


I hear your pained cries
You’re screaming out to me
Wondering how this could happen
Asking where I’ve gone

You yell as loud as you can
Both outside and in
Demanding answers from above
Craving direction and guidance

A constant stream of words
Prayers and questions from you
On your knees for hours
Your mind racing with thoughts

I hear your desperate pleas my child
And they greatly move my heart
But unless you will be still
You can’t hear my soft replies

Composition Date: August 12th, 2009

Holli’s Notes:
My husband’s business is called FortySixTen Studios after Psalm 46:10, one of the direct inspirations for this poem. Another driving force for this one was, surprisingly, a secular song, called ‘Scream’ by Chris Cornell.

So many times I’ve wondered why I wasn’t getting anywhere when I was calling out to my Father, but the answer was simple. I wasn’t being still so He could answer.


About Holli Swank

Holli Swank has been writing for more than twenty years and finds great joy in sharing her deep faith in God through her poems. She is the mother of three children and has been married for almost 18 years. She also loves spending time with her two cats. Holli was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in mid-2013, giving her a unique perspective for her poetry.

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