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Jim Cox

About this Christian Poet:
I am self-taught and have been writing for 13 years. I've been married 37 years, have 3 kids, and am a retired artist of 35 years. I've been published in Time of Singing, a Christian poetry publication in Pennsylvania, and Footprints for Women, a publication in Brisbane, Australia, for Christian women who live in isolation in the outback. I am presently working hard to gather enough good material to self-publish a chapbook.

"Sunrise" was written when our family lived in North Idaho, one hour from the Canadian border. We had been living in a remote area without access to any Christian fellowship for three years, and were very discouraged because of it. I was in my kayak on a high mountain lake during a beautiful sunrise, so I wrote it to express my belief that God would bring us through that time of lonliness and isolation. Ecclesiastes 1-8, (Student NIV), "The eye isn't satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing," is the source of inspiration for this piece.

Sunrise

Wispy cirrus clouds
in a cantaloupe-colored sky
wetly nuzzle the
weatherproof window
in my bedroom, alarming
sharp-edged stars that
peopled my restless night.

Deeply indented crimson lines
crisscross my pale skin
like marks of penance,
the imprint of tangled knots
on the hand crafted comforter
beneath me, but

the lush fruit of a colorful
sunrise preaches sweet possibilities,
persuades me to rise
from my scoffers pillow
and taste of life again.

Copyright©2004 by Jim Cox