The Dear One

This little poem is inspired by Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair. I recently finished this wonderfully written book and was intrigued by the spiritual thoughts and developments of Sarah Miles, one of the main characters.

The Dear One

“Dear God,” Sarah said, then stopped herself
To question the use of that word
Which gave such affection to Him
Who had led her to the desert

The syllable rolled like a train
On the railroad of her tongue, but
“Why dear? Why dear?” for no belief
Fueled the hasty petition

Hate and doubt did not mar the tracks
So with eyes tight and nails pressed she
Did abandon tangible love
For this Person invisible

And in the desert, where the sands
Buried her alive, did find Him
Completely worth that title she
Had called out at the beginning

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