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Duane W. Udd

About this Christian Poet:
Duane W. Udd has been writing "Message Poetry" off and on for four decades. His writings include articles for magazines and newspapers in which he has also had his poems published. He has also worked for a Public Relations Company and Advertising Agency as a Creativity Consultant. His first book, A Tale of Woe or Zimbabwe O Zimbabse (ISBN 0–1 3706–147–23), was published in Zimbabwe in 2001.

From 1982 to 2002, Duane and his wife, Carol, were based in Mutare, Zimbabwe. They have shared in a pastoral, Christian educational and counseling ministry as well as overseeing a wide-ranging ministry of evangelism and relief and were instrumental in the creation of the first Family Aids Counseling Trust in the nation of Zimbabwe. In times past, he has been Chairman of the Mutare Ministers' Fraternal and Mutare for Jesus, has served on the National Executive of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and led the group, Intercessors for Zimbabwe. They have four children, two granddaughters and one grandson who are all, at present, in the United States working or studying. Currently (until there is a regime change in Zimbabwe), they are ministering Stateside in a variety of ways. Duane still reaches into Zimbabwe through London on www.swradioafrica.com on Tuesdays with his program, "Different Points Of View", in which he regularly shares poetry and observations on Zimbabwe.

New Leaf or New Life

While walking down a lonely path
In forests of my mind
I saw a leaf lie at my feet
My thoughts to it inclined

It seemed to symbolise my life
So weathered brown and worn
There was no flicker flame of hope
That it could be reborn

I stooped to touch it tenderly
To search its other side
And see if elemental rage
Had somehow been denied

My eyes took stock and stayed to stare
At all the horror there
The side that lay upon the ground
Had perished without air

And then I knew what I had known
But didn't want to see
That any leaf from any side
Is dead without a tree

I cannot turn my life around
And hope new life will be
For I have finally realised
There is no life in me

Then as my thoughts began to swim
And drown in deep despair
My vapoured vision cleared to see
A Stranger standing there

He held a promise in His hand
And stretched it out to me
That He would take my shaky leaf
And graft it to His tree

You have no life or strength in you
By now that's plain to see
Come lay your burdens at My feet
And find new life in Me

I am the Vine you are the branch
I'll share My life with you
All power is given unto Me
And I will see you through

Copyright ©1980 by Duane W. Udd