Heart Cast

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My heart is crushed, and broken and burned.

Black and crumbling the flesh falls away.

I cast away my heart. Who am I, Lord,

Who time and again your love betray?

I all alone beweep my outcast state.

Even my heart has now been cast aside.

Yet, lo, without myself I find I'm free,

And your grace penetrates like rays of light.

In stillness here like sun on silent sea

Your gaze is like a flood on dry, parched land.

I have no words. My words went with my heart.

Yet somehow, all my woes you understand.

When in my nakedness, darkness and fear,

I throw myself aside and find you here.

Shakespeare, Sonnet 29

Poems by Ezekiel SebentienWhere stories live. Discover now