-poetry, inspired by 4 words-

For You, if Narnia was the Land of Your Birth:

if you,
  when taking a friend to visit your childhood home,
    have to lead them through
      a wardrobe door,
or together slip on a pair of rings
  and jump into a puddle

if you’ve stared at a painting,
  willing the waves to splash off the canvas
    and onto your face
if it wouldn’t surprise you to come face to face with a lamb,
  wading knee deep in lilies,
    speaking to you
      with the music of the lion in his voice

if you’ve found yourself crying behind the gym,
  too worn down to even hope for an escape
    from the voices playing in stereo inside your head
if you’ve longed for a warm breath
  to blow the world away from you
    and carry you …safely… home

if you’ve run to the end of your strength
  before slowing to walk
    beside one who has waited long for you
or if you’ve chosen to follow
  a leader who (not safe, but good!) will show you
    little more than his shadow

then maybe
  you also know this feeling of not belonging,
    the realization that you were created for more
      than this horizon-bound earth has to offer
maybe you also will be eager to step past the cover
  and past the title page
    to “Further up and further in!”

My friend gave me four words to make a poem out of: music, stereo, lamb, horizon. Fifteen days later…. here’s what I came up with. And if I hadn’t started writing about Narnia, it would have happened a lot sooner. Narnia is something to be taken seriously. 🙂

The older I get, the more discontent I am with this world. One of the overarching themes of Narnia is the feeling of not belonging. The Horse and His Boy is the most obvious example, with Shasta who is always longing for the unknown North – but I’ve felt it scattered here and there throughout all the books.

Can you find all seven Narnia books in this post? If you can’t, then you should take some time to step through a wardrobe door and be a kid again.🙂


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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2 Responses to -poetry, inspired by 4 words-

  1. jamahu says:

    This is incredible, Ruthie.
    It took me a little while to find the reference to Prince Caspian, but it’s right there… Perhaps its fitting that I was unable to see it at first. 🙂


  2. mennodave says:

    I guess I better start reading … my Narnia memory is some years old, and I can’t line them up.

    Thanks for a new poem; it has been filed in my Ruthie file.


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