Saturday, February 14, 2015

Antique Rocker


By David Kitz

We found it in the derelict farmhouse –
the abandoned house –
not really a house now.
For many years this home-of-the-pioneers had been used as a barn.

There in the lean-to kitchen it sat.
The ornately carved pressed back chair
looked so out of place,
yet somehow at home
in the grime and dust.

There through the decades it sat –
weathered into
its chicken coop surroundings –
A treasure sitting in the barnyard filth.

Curious,
I lifted it up
Out of the mire
Out of the manure.

Then, I saw this was no chair.
From the muck and straw
emerged the rockers.
Here was an antique, pressed back rocker!

Now redeemed
It sits in my house –
In my home –
Washed clean,
Renewed,
A treasure.

On this antique rocker
My son was nursed.
His tears were wiped.
His cry was soothed.
Here he heard the Redeemer's lullaby
Just like a hundred years ago.
Just like a hundred years ago.

Rock me gently now,
My antique rocker.
As I drift off to sleep
Rock me gently.
Let me hear the Redeemer's Lullaby.
Rock me gently now,
Just like a hundred years ago.
Just like a hundred years ago.

Rock me gently now.
From the seat of sweet redemption
Let me sing redemption's song.
Let me sing redemption's song –
the Redeemer's Lullaby –
Just like two thousand years ago.
Just like two thousand years ago.

Because you pulled me from the mire,
Let me sing redemption's song.
Let me sing redemption's song –
the Redeemer's Lullaby –
Ten thousand years from now.
Ten thousand years from now. . .

As I drift off. . .
Rock me gently,
Antique Rocker.

David Kitz is an occasional poet and the award-winning author of a passion-of-Christ novel, The Soldier, the Terrorist & the Donkey King. You can check out his other works at: 



6 comments:

Peter Black said...

Wistful and heartfelt, and imaginatively told, David!
Beautiful portrayal of Redemption and the Redeemer's ability to restore to the Creator's intended use.
Love it. Thank you.~~+~~

fudge4ever said...

Lovely!
Pam

Glynis said...

A lovely story and poem filled with sweet memories and stark hope. Brilliant. And what a beautiful rocker it is!

Rose McCormick Brandon said...

Beautiful. I loved it.

Ruth Smith Meyer said...

Wow! What a poem. It tugs at your heart and draws you from the muck and the mire right into eternity! Thanks for sharing that.

David Kitz said...

Thanks, everyone for the positive comments. Now I need a gifted musician to set this true story/poem to music.

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