I’ll Come Back, I Will! – Libby P.

We’re happy to feature this touching poem “I’ll Come Back, I Will!” by Libby P. Enjoy!


There at the door he stands with hope,

A lad of fourteen, tall and broad;

He knows not to what end he goes,

To take the ship that sails abroad—

That sails to places without hope.

Yet when he sees the pain that shows

On tender Mother’s brow so still,

He kisses her and softly says

“Dear Mother, I’ll come back, I will!”

Now on the ship, once dry eyes full,

He fiercely blinks and lifts his head,

Vows to return, whate’er the cost.

Already life looks bleak ahead

And weariness now takes its toll.

The scene keeps coming back to mind:

His little mother waiting ‘til He returns.

He softly cries,

“Dear Mother, I’ll come back, I will!”

As years go by and visions fade,

A man has grown, no more a boy;

A steady man with strength of mind,

Still the army fails to destroy

His honest heart, so true and staid.

But Mother’s letters full of hope,

They moderate his stubborn will;

He still repeats that noble phrase,

“Dear Mother, I’ll come back, I will!”

One Sunday morn, this man you’ll find

As frozen fear shoots down his spine

His thoughts on Mother dear are fixed,

The gentle woman he calls “mine”,

So sweet and patient, good and kind—

An urgent note was sent that day:

Your Mother is now deathly ill.

Those tender words recalled in haste

“Dear Mother, I’ll come back, I will!”

A lonely house sits by alone.

Our man stares at the empty place—

The home that he once called his own—

A grieved stare etched on his face.

His mother’s gone, as cold as stone.

Now loath is he to say those words,

That fine farewell to her he bid—

The only words he finds to say—

“Dear Mother, I came back, I did!”


About the Author:

Libby Powell is a quiet dreamer who, despite her tendency to timidly step back from the unknown, loves God and seeks to follow him and keep her eyes on him every day – a humbling, yet beautiful reminder that God is making her new with every passing moment. Her life is mostly full of music, studies, laughter, and lots of ideas that half of the time never actually stay with her. Some of the things she loves best in the world are quiet, frosty mornings, steaming mugs of chai tea, burrowing into her blankets with a book, and silence. Living with the great hope of Jesus’ return has given her a passion to reach the nations, including the lost people of her own, with the Gospel of Christ. Her prayer is that he will continue to transform her into his image and that her work would reflect his glory and grace.

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