Wilderness


Wasteland spread out before me
Desert as far as the eye can see
I long for water or any drink
I’m far too hungry to even think

Barren is the walk ahead
Solemnly forward my feet tread
Step by step I soldier on
Pressing on from dawn to dawn

I do not know how long I’ll last
I feel as if I’m fading fast
My heart is faint and my will is weak
Will I ever find the place I seek?

Lord your beloved needs you now
I care not where, I care not how
Please show me the beauty of your face
And provide me with your boundless grace

Do not leave me all alone
With only sand and rock and stone
Please bring me back along your side
Lord please answer my desperate cry

Composition Date: April 1st, 2009

Holli’s Notes:
For the last month or so, I’ve been feeling distant from God. I’ve seen flashes of Him in my life, but for the most part I have felt alone in the walk. It’s been very difficult to keep going every day without feeling His hand on me lately. This poem poured from my heart onto the page as I cried out in despair.


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.