Sonnet: Tapestry

“Tapestry” was inspired by the Hebrews 11 eulogy of history’s fallen heroes of the faith, who, during their lifetimes, never saw the fulfillment of their faith.  This passage segues into Hebrews 12, in which those heroes have passed from the temporal into the eternal, and are referred to as “the great cloud of witnesses.”

The passage seems to indicate that in eternity, those who’ve gone before can behold the entire panel of the tapestry of time, from its topside, whereas we who remain in this world can only see the jumbled underside.  This “pattern” of life, pain, joy, suffering, pleasure, and death may seem random and occasionally ill-placed from our perspective, not like a pattern at all.  When viewed from above, though, the structure and design become clear.”For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  (I Corinthians 13:12)
In my darkest hours, when I have despaired of life, this concept has been a great encouragement to me.  I hope it will be to you as well.
“Tapestry” follows the typical Miltonian Sonnet construction of iambic pentameter, form ABBAABBACDECDE.

Miltonian Sonnet: TAPESTRY

These all died in faith, not having received the promises,  but having seen them afar off,

and were persuaded of them,  and embraced them, . . . (Hebrews 11:13)

The pattern on the underside confused

By snarl and tangle, jumbled, twisting knot.

Its warp and woof constructed without thought

It seems: the flawless linen now infused

With spots of wreckage–perfect weave abused.

“A waste of thread,” I cry, upset, distraught,

And try to pluck the mess now sewn in taut,

Then see the Eye that watches me, amused–

Whose Hand now turns the underside to light.

Amazed, I view a matchless, perfect shawl,

Embroidered dosser, interlaced with shine

That stirs me as I contemplate the sight

Of faultless weft, undamaged after all.

Eternity alone discerns design.

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