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M. R. Byrd

Honorable Mention 2012 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest $100

About this Poet:
M. R. Byrd is a native of Covington, Kentucky. He has a BA in Creative Writing, an MA in Theology, and is currently working on an MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He comes from a strongly Christian family (one of his great-grandfathers was a preacher), and he himself is a member of the Order of Preachers.

About this Poem:
It's simply a love poem to God. I believe that God is our highest and greatest love, so he deserves to hear how much we love him.

To Your Picture

Loving you, Lord, is like
Being a widower without the honeymoon,
The house, or the kids—
No photographs of you and me at
The beach or in a park,
Just pictures of you looking at me
That I talk to from time to time.
The Bible I read as one long love letter
You left behind, knowing I’d find and read it.
I do love you though,
Though I’ve never heard your voice
Or seen your eyes,
Or felt your lips on mine
—I’d like to.
I’m too young to be a widower,
And waiting tests the saint and sinner alike,
So what am I to do?
Come to you
Since you won’t come to me?
Not in the flesh, anyway.
I wear a ring for you
And keep myself prepared—
Pushups, sit-ups, watching my weight,
—Trying to be good
As I watch and wait for you.
I guess I’m more like an officer’s wife
Hoping soon the war will end
And you’ll come back to me.
So let the world end, Lord, and
Come back to me.

Copyright ©2012 M. R. Byrd