A Hybrid Pleads for Holiness

Posted for a variety of prompts:

Easy Street Prompts (“fitting in”)

Meme Express (“city lights”)

One Single Impression (“doodles”)

Simply Snickers (“just” and “joy”)

Sunday Scribblings (“I knew instantly …”)

Weekend Wordsmith (“chimera”)

Writer’s Island (“most amazing experience”)

A Hybrid Pleads for Holiness

“I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in and invite God and his angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door. . . . A memory of yesterday’s pleasures, a fear of tomorrow’s dangers, a straw under my knee, a noise in mine ear, a light in mine eye, an anything, a nothing, a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in prayer.”

John Donne

(1572 – 1631)

Oration at the Funeral of Sir William Cokayne

LXXX Sermons

The Chimera’s Calling –

A Poetic Gazing at an Experience Most Amazing

I’ve never aimed at fitting in,

As instantly I knew.

My doodles darted out and in,

As inspiration grew.

Still, joy surprises past all rights,

Incongruous, it grows.

Beyond the city lights and sights,

It sheds a gladsome glow.

As a chimera, hybrid born,

‘Twixt feral, fine and fair,

I will not utter words of scorn

For Him who meets me there.

Though fiercest frenzies shout my name,

Inviting me to ire,

An inner calling draws its claim

And calls me ever higher.

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  1. Linda,
    This is great. The Donne quote made me think of Emily Dickenson, and then your poem itself did. Wonderful stuff. Thanks for sharing with OSI.

  2. I loved the quote..fitting in, do you think it is overrated?

  3. Your title is amazing. This was a difficult theme to tackle-- the struggle of fitting in and faith-- but you have done well.

  4. "I’ve never aimed at fitting in, As instantly I knew."......Really made me to think! Very nice write! Loved it.

  5. I loved the first stanza, total and immediate identification. The Donne quote is a stinger as well.
    Really good piece.


  6. I always enjoy returning and finding the treasures that await. Great stuff Linda!

  7. well done.... the quote was excellent and appreciate that last few words "..a chimera in my brain, troubles me in prayer..." your poem was beautiful and touched the untouchable.. spoken with whimsee.. a knockout combo of the prompts as well..