Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I Know

(an artistic collaboration presented during church on Sunday. Poetry by Brian, I did the watercolors - inspired by the sermon text, Genesis 3:1-15)
I know that snake.

He curls himself around the firmly founded world.
He seems to bend the steady light and certain color.
I’ve seen him twist a right and ready good into a grief.
That solitary thief has stole our peace and let us suffer.

I know that fruit.

It hangs with heavy juice and heavy things to know.
It strains the branch it hangs from, and it’s ripeness pulls it lower.
I’ve seen it in my hands and I’ve tasted it before.
I shudder from the flavor; I am lonely when it’s over.

I know that leaf.

It stretches broad and makes for me a place to hide.
It stitches well to make a nearly seamless span of cover.
I wrap myself within it and my audience is blinded
From the shame that racks my body and the cold that makes me shudder.

I know those trees.

Their canopies create a shadow for the lost.
Their branches make a home beneath the knowing of the Lord.
We huddle close between them hoping he will overlook us.
His beckoning betrays the citadel these trees afford.

I know those feet.

They wander on the earth that bursts with grace and thorn.
They trample and they travel, gather dust and soil floors.
I know the stinging of the serpent when he strikes them in the heels.
I’ve seen them crush the serpent when our garden was restored.


  1. Absolutely beautiful. Another God-breathed Brian & Kerrie classic. There is simply not enough room on our walls for all of them (although I may need to carve out another space for this one)! Thank you for continuing to communicate Scripture to us in these ways!

  2. OK, you two should be writing and illustrating books. Have you already done that and I still unaware? Beautiful text, beautiful pictures please continue.

    1. Thanks, so much Lisa! You are so kind. So, we actually do kind of have a book that we wrote and illustrated. We wrote it for our family a few Christmas' ago. We self-published it at blurb.com. You can check it out here if you want. :)


  3. For the English teacher, I know I missed the "am" before "still aware". Yes, I do not know how to punctuate the previous sentence.