Infancy

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Nags Head, NC, Dot


It clings to the robe of yesterday; Tears fall as dew; Lying on its back…it rises slowly; To sit; observe…slowly it crawls…across the universe; then rises and walks; it holds the hand of a warm light; As tears dry, together they dance into the newness; releasing new notes; Of feathered birds; opening the arms of daffodils; tiptoeing ‘cross velvet carpets of green; enhanced by mornings light; then skimming over Majestic branches Of life; into the folds of highest peaks; Through white billows; Laughing through the valley… of the blue journey… turning loose the robe of yesterdays strength; Making strong; Yesterdays tomorrow.
(c) Dot Clifton Zafra 4/2010

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9 thoughts on “Infancy”

  1. Dot, I could say many things about your poetry and the beauty of the creative gift God has given you and you use for Him. What comes fresh in my mind is that you bloom where you have been planted.. “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

    Gracious Heavenly Father, I pray for doors of opportunity to open unto Dot for publishing and marketing of her work. May the desires of her heart be stamped upon the world by your gift in and through her. In the name of Our Holy Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray…

  2. Read with me Matthew 18:19 – “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask; my Father in heaven will do it for you.” Now, I agree in prayer with Sara, that the “doors of opportunity open unto Dot for publishing and marketing her work. May the desires of her heart be stamped upon the world by her gift in and through her. ” In Jesus Name, Amen.

  3. Yes, and I am adding a third Amen to this prayer Dot.
    May your works and gift also bring inspiration to many others.

  4. Dot, I love greeting your poetry on my early arising.” Infancy” gives me Spring. And, Spring says to me, I am a season of birthing. And, you a gift that gives words of life through the gift God has given you makes one leap across the universe in heart giving out from the inner gift that connects to the whole and brings…
    “…skimming over Majestic branches Of life; into the folds of highest peaks;…”

  5. Dot, I wonder if your description of “Infancy” was how Jesus felt as HE created the universe in those early days of creation. Jesus, laughing, giggling, through the valleys, delighted with the “new notes of feathered birds”, smiling as He created the “DAY” that would bring ‘yesterdays and tomorrows’ just because He so deemed it. Maybe He tip-toed across the velvet greens as they came into being by and through His Word and He may have chortled at the ‘opening of the daffodils”
    Yes! I think you might have something here, Dot! What a blessing!

  6. When I wrote it MG, I was thinking of how an actual day might feel as it turned into night and having to turn loose of (yesterday) to become tomorrow and its feelings as it makes its transition… but, I also love what others find (in between ) the lines. Interesting…

  7. Oh yes, Dot. That’s a wonderful analogy. It makes me think; having lived TODAY in the moment…the day is now spent yet we hate to see the darkness of night come. But the promise of TOMORROW cannot come unless we go through night. Without night there is neither dusk nor dawn. Without releasing the day to the night there’s no tomorrow. Without TOMORROW we cannot utilize and apply all the things that we have learned and that the Holy Spirit has shown us, TODAY.
    I love how you have written about ‘releasing my TODAY for the wages of TOMORROW. Some day, when we are with the Lord in that Heavenly Kingdom there will not be need of night for the Lamb is the light….and in Heaven our yesterdays and our tomorrows will all be TODAY, forever.
    Keep up the creative workings.

  8. I think also that Dot’s poetic description of the day having to turning loose the robe of yesterday’s strength helps us see that the Lord speaks and has much to teach us about life through His creation.
    As in Psalm 19:1-2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”

    Turning loose of yesterday helps us see that in order to move into the newness of what God has for us, we have to let go of the old.. Sometimes we have so many old ways of looking at things and trying to hold onto something because it was good or worked yesterday…but it may not be good or work for what God has planned for today.
    The Apostle Paul had a healthy view of letting go of yesterday in order to obtain the newness of today: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:13-14

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