Another Night with God

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by David Wester.                                                                                             

Another Night with God

Lowering light slants through windows once bright,
Dissolves in darkness so slowly, so deep.
Long day thus drags into yet longer night
That grants me but meager, but fitful sleep.

Is it not enough to struggle all day?
To labor, falter, to give up—to fail!
But when, defeated and collapsed, I lay
And I wait, long-sought rest does not avail.

Because then my mind fights battle anew,
Then do my dreams become something to dread.
For then do worries and fears that break through
Chase me again: my soul once more is bled.

My only hope to rid such wretched care
Rests in my Lord: to Him, abiding prayer.

David Wester is a professor and research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His essays and poems have appeared in The Catholic Leader, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The Imaginative Conservative, Crisis Magazine, and First Things.

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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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