I have fallen to the ground at times Skinned my knees But it was the part when I thought That it’s all a part of growing up Strengthening me for the tests that the future may hold Braved storms to get where I am now Who I am now Oh Lord How can I forget That I could have not made it till here without you And I’m so grateful to you my Lord. It’s as if my gratitude towards you, Is beyond my words, Which seem so small before the real feeling I’m grateful to you for everything And most importantly, For bestowing me with the blessing Of knowing How to express all my feelings to you through the pen. This pen, Is the most refreshing objects in my life A relief And above all that This pen Is a spiritual bond with you, my Lord The world is harsh. But this is my test I know, And I am patient Oh Lord! Please see, How grateful and patientI am Before, All the cruelties of this world As I know. That you are there with me, Oh Lord, I am standing patiently. Not replying, nor fighting With the oppressors in this cruel world For I pray that you don’t overlook How I’m not giving into Satan By responding to them as they provoke me each time Sealing my lips Because I know, Oh Lord, That when you’re light is with me, The oppressors cannot harm me, No matter how hard they try Published in Daily Times, December 1st 2018.