I was blessed to come out of “retirement” to speak to Central Valley Presbyterian’s Women’s Encouragement Day yesterday, and the theme for the event was “First We Have Coffee.” There were tables decorated with favorite books, and such creative ideas they used!
I spoke on the life of poet Anne Bradstreet before lunch, then I spoke about the importance of poetry after lunch. While re-reading about the life of my favorite Puritan poet, a truly godly woman, I was inspired to write a poem about her, using her common style of couplets throughout. Here is my tribute to Anne Bradstreet:
Of her time – not past – lived Anne,
Her intellect equal to any man.
She loved her books, but her family more,
And by men’s praise she set no store.
Her dear husband head, and heart’s delight;
In adversity she walked by faith, not sight.
Alone so oft, her life mundane,
Yet Anne so seldom did complain.
She poured her thoughts out late at night;
Resolved on God to wait – not fight
Against providence, His sovereign will –
Submitting to that, she was fulfilled.
Let’s emulate her sweet disposition,
Not rebel and view it an imposition
To be constrained, a woman born,
Nor rant and rail and be forlorn.
Think of Anne, make this your story –
To use your gifts for God’s own glory.