Rough-hewn stones dangle from her ears
           and glimmer under our lamp.
She slides a bracelet from her collection—
          all handmade and new.
She lifts one gently,
         the pieces of topaz dance into our son’s palm.
His eyes widen.
          He rubs the smooth stones,
                   studying their marks
                                     and smiles.

She drips sweet cinnamon
their aromatic scents mingle,
          filling the atmosphere with calm.

She lends laughter
          like popcorn breaking the silence.
We feast from her joy,
          lifting our bowls for more.

When friends or strangers lift their empty cups,
          She pours freely,
                   wrapping them with her warmth like gauze.

She creates beautiful things,
          and sets them in empty fields
                   for the forgotten to find
                            and to carry off for the one’s
                            they love.

Behind the Poem

I had stared at my laptop screen for over an hour, mincing my brain for a way to address the current pandemic. To be honest, I’ve been at a loss for words. Though I plan on sharing more Biblical insight into it soon, I wanted to pause and to share something prose would have a hard time conveying.

Over the past year-and-a-half, a lot has been happening. My father and my wife’s mother have been battling cancer. I’ve struggled through anxiety. A pandemic has hit, shifting the world around us. Education has evolved, making my job as a teacher vastly different.

But my wife generates joy and beauty, sprinkling it to everyone around her.

She gives freely, looking for opportunities to love on others.

This poem is dedicated to her Christ-like heart, her joy, and her love for all of us.

5 comments on “She Creates Beautiful Things

  • J Guensler

    Lovely, Jordan. Thank you for sharing this and I hope your parents are doing much better.

    • Jordan

      Hey Jackie, thanks for saying hi! My dad started a new clinical trial this past week. They’ve been pretty tired from all the Moffit trips. We’re praying for his lymphoma to get its butt kicked. I’m sure they’d love a call from you.

      How’s your fam? (-:

  • Chris

    Great article!

  • Christine


  • Janice Wisinski

    Jordan, that is such a beautiful tribute to Chris. I’m sure that is something she will always cherish. In the midst of all this chaos, it’s wonderful to read something so beautiful and calming.

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