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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Carnell

Tension


NAIL

Why did you pound me into wood, which sent

shockwaves through me? I am held

here captive between splinters and grain.


WOOD

Why did you pierce me with unfeeling nail?

A nail may be removed, but I’ll stay full

of empty holes, forever scarred.


FABRIC

Already worn and frayed, now we are folded,

now pinned down. How can you make lovely

some scraps and a hodge-podge of patterns?


PAINTS

Why blend a few of us past recognition

and not the others, spreading all of us whole-

sale, thin and far apart?


STRING

Just when I can endure no longer, he

turns the screw again,


ROD

‘til I am ready

to break under the strain. I bend still more.


STRING AND ROD TOGETHER

How long, oh Lord, must we maintain this?


CHILD OF THE CRAFTSMAN

For your many sufferings, I weep;

for your perseverance, I rejoice;

and for your growth, my glory, I remake.

You are held and you are full,

you are lovely, you are whole,

equipped to serve a greater purpose.


ALL MATERIALS TOGETHER

We neither see nor hear, yet we believe

our labors will attain completion. Let

us praise the One who makes us new.

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