Two Poems by Nicholas Froumis


(heavy load in Dhaka, Bangladesh, photo by Adli Wahid, on Unsplash)



"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Heavy Laden

The invitation has been extended

with a promise of a lightened burden.

Words spoken before the Lord ascended

to ears of all who remain uncertain

how to unload the oppressive millstone

so tightly tied around every neck.

When faced with trials we’d rather bemoan

the injustice of life’s latest train wreck

and sink further under the weight of night.

Yet the heaviness stays in the morning

despite the promise of the sun’s new light

as self-reliance ignores the warning –

a far lighter yolk is up for the trade,

since heavy loads were not why man was made.

__________________

Jonah Revisited

I think of Jonah fast asleep below

while panicked crew battle the storm outside.

What caused him to flee instead of follow

the plain instructions of God; was it pride?

He must have had plenty of time to think

in the lonely innards of that great fish.

Drowning by faith but not allowed to sink,

until steadfast prayers brought forth his wish.

Lord, please also spit me onto dry land.

The cares of this life have swallowed me whole.

To obey what you have divinely planned

gives hope to this ever-wandering soul.

__________________



Nicholas Froumis practices optometry in the Bay Area. His writing has been nominated

for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Blessed Creation: A Christian Poetry Collection, Torrid Literature Journal, Beechwood Review, The Penwood Review, and BALLOONS Lit Journal. He lives in San Jose, CA, with his wife, novelist Stacy Froumis, and their daughter.


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