An Oath

Scarlet eyes dart fretfully
Blue orbs veiled in layers
Guises maintaining thoughts
Furtive cracking of their ribs
Gurneys transport beloved life
Kinfolk wait in a soundless void
Postponing her solemn decree
Choosing youth to now revive
Aging man gently turning bluish
Seeing a vision of a blue-gray heron
Weary, gloved his hand now in hers
Ducts are dry, like his thirsty skin
She looks up and begs inaudibly
Lord, please ease our burden, I implore
Spare us God and seize not one more!

Written by Joni Caggiano on April 18, 2020

My husband’s mother is in a rehabilitation center after falling and breaking two wrists. She has had no visitors for three weeks. My husband’s father feels helpless.
Many people are suffering, including healthcare workers who are putting their lives at risk daily. I hope that we can all come together as a family and pray for those suffering, sick, or dying. Also, I trust that we continue to support with supplication for the safety and well being of all public workers, who are also at significant risk while helping the general public. May God bless you all for your sacrifice and all who have lost loved ones they can not grieve for properly. My heart goes out to you all. Love Joni and praying nightly for you all.

19 thoughts on “An Oath

  1. Beautifully said. We are all being bombarded with a never-ended stream of pandemic news, information and opinions, but I love stopping and thanking the thankless work of the people putting their lives and loved ones in harm’s way for strangers. Thanks for doing this!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am glad you appreciated the message. I believe there is great power in prayer. Love, hugs and blessings and prayers coming your way. Joni πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ™πŸ˜˜

  2. Sorry to hear about your Mom-in-Law’s fall. Not a great time to need any hospital time for sure. Wishing her a speedy safe recovery. Allan

  3. My Dearest Joni,
    This is so rich and so beautiful. The metaphors are splendid.
    “Choosing youth to now revive
    Aging man gently turning bluish”
    The message honeybun shows your beautiful soul. Stay blessed, inspired and loved.
    Have a fabulous Sunday sweetheart.
    G (Button)

    1. Thank you Button so grateful to you for always reading and commenting. I am so glad you liked it. It was a hard one to write because I wanted to be respectful to all the families that have been touched by this horrible virus. Prayer is so powerful and I hope that everyone remembers to take a knee for others right now. I know you understand what I mean. You stay blessed, happy and inspired as well. Love πŸ’• J (honeybun) Hope you have been able to celebrate somehow with loved ones.

  4. Oh, Joni–I’m So sorry to read this news about your husband’s mom. She must be feeling pretty down, and in pain too. I will add her to my prayers–and continue prayers for all that you’ve mentioned. God bless you, Sister–Much LOVE <3

  5. Beautiful prayer Joni and a lovely thought. My heart goes out to all those who risk their lives for others. I hope that your husbands mother is well and that they are able to see her. We must remember God is in command and in control and pray this will stop. Stay safe my dear friend…all the best to you and your husband, my greetings and love from Spain

    1. Thank you Francisco I am so glad you liked it. I appreciate you always reading and commenting so much. Thank you also for your kind well wishes. God is definitely in command and control as you said I just think it is a great time for prayer from all believers. I have always believed that the power of prayer is unimaginable. I am so grateful you are well my friend. You stay safe, healthy and blessed. Love, prayers and hugs πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ™to you and yours Joni

  6. A powerful and poignant call to lift up others in this time of need. Best wishes to you and your family, Joni! Stay strong, stay safe, stay inspired! β€πŸ’•β€

    1. Thank you Brad I appreciate your comments and I am glad you thought it was powerful. I do think we should all be thinking and praying for those all over the world. I hope and pray that you stay well and blessed dear Brad. Love Joni β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ˜˜

    1. You too Virginia. We are doing fine. We are blessed in every way. We feel badly for my in-laws and pray for them a lot as they are not believers. Thank you for your kind comment and the same to you as well my friend. Love ❀️ Joni

  7. Extra prayers for your mother in law, & such a sad thing they cannot have their loved ones at their side. We are not use to this at all. Thank you for your poem, & God Bless all those who are serving us humans in this time of need. I am so grateful to them more than ever. Take good care

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting sweet Janette. I too am so grateful for each and every person that is working putting their lives in danger for others. Thank you for your prayers. Love you sweetie. Talk soon. Hugs πŸ€— Joni

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