I am going off assignments to finish my poetry unit.  I have enjoyed the assignments, but missed doing three of them.  I’m wrapping up with a poem I wrote a few years ago.  Back to my serious side, my blessed side, my amazing side, my pleasure side – my relationship with Jesus.

.  and ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you, saith the Lord; . . . (Jer. 29:11-14a) 


The years have turned to decades;

The decades, to scores.

Age can bind the body

But still love’s spirit soars.


I’ve loved Him since I was but a child.

He’s my friend when the storms are wild.

When forsaken by others, He’s at my side.

When troubled by choices, He’s been my guide.


In sorrow, He’s my comfort;

In panic, He’s my calm;

In confusion, He’s my anchor;

In illness, He’s my balm.


He makes me holy, pays my debt

Forgives my sins, and – better yet

I’ve been declared righteous because of his blood.

He fights my battles, and gives me His love.


He’s my God, my Savior,

My Life, Light, and Love!

Nay, I’ll not mourn the passing years

that lead me to Him above.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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31 Responses to PASSING YEARS

  1. My dear Lady, this poem is right on point. Bless your dear heart 😊

  2. judyjourneys says:

    Poignant! Reveals a lifetime of journeying with God.

  3. Faye Roots says:

    This my dear friend is a beautiful poem and expresses the reality of a full Christ life. Thank you. What you expressed is why NOW I personally write as Passionate Creative Christian – all the other ‘stuff’ is less important as we age. You are both inspiration and information. Blessings and love.

  4. shoreacres says:

    Simplicity itself, and yet so authentic. Anyone can teach technique, but those are virtues taught by life. I’d say you’ve learned well.

  5. dawnlizjones says:

    This has just got to make Him smile over and over. When did you write this?

    • oneta hayes says:

      Isn’t it a great feeling to think about God smiling! I wrote it about 12/13 years ago. I’m thinking of putting it on a page and giving more detail. Maybe tomorrow. Thanks for comment.

  6. Gradmama2011 says:

    This poem is very lovely, Oneta…and aside from the warm sentiment, the meter and rhyme are great…I read it out loud (I always read poetry out loud) and it has a nice ring to it. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Gradmama2011. I appreciate your comment. Interestingly, I didn’t take note of the rhyme pattern until after I posted. After taking the WP poetry course I was curious to identify the form of poem, so I noticed the first, third, and fifth stanzas are the same and second and fourth are the same. I don’t know how that would be classified.

  7. I was so sure I saw a comment on my thread from you, but just as I clicked on it, poof! it disappeared :/

    • oneta hayes says:

      I don’t know what happened but I wouldn’t be past having pushed an erase button if there is such a thing. I do know I read several things from you last night before I went to bed. Hopefully you got my response. But I will be back. I see you have something in my e-mail right now. Your writings are to my benefit. Thank you.

  8. Jodee says:

    “Let the words of my mouth, and the song of my heart, Reach You O God a Sweet Aroma of Praise;
    Let it fill the air!” (Sweet Aroma of Praise – Christ Church Choir)
    Hi Oneta 🙂
    I was reading what you have written about yourself below and it ends with “Sweet Aroma.” It immediately reminded me of this song we sing at church, Sweet Aroma of Praise; it’s so wonderful! Anyway, my sister, I’m writing you for two things: first, I want to tell you how wonderful PASSING YEARS is – I love it! I also want to thank you for stopping by my blog, Reverent Devotion and encouraging me, that means a lot to me. 🙂 God bless you and yours!
    In His grip,
    His daughter, Jodee

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Jodee. for reading and commenting in such an encouraging way. I hope to maintain “Sweet Aroma” in such a way that it will be sweet to the Lord God. Glad you understand the motive. I am glad to be following your blog. I have some wonderful blogs that I go to often during my devotion times. I believe this is a form of communication that is useful in God’s purpose to reach people he loves.

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  10. SarahC says:

    I enjoy reading your blog, kind of a modern day psalm, it is awesome i think 😀

    • oneta hayes says:

      What a compliment! Thanks. (Wish I knew how to do those cute little smiley faces. I would send you one if I did, but I don’t. Sorry no smiley face from me – I got it, just imagine a great big one from me!)

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    • oneta hayes says:

      Hi, looks like we have contact via jacqueline who posted a link to my “Passing Years.” Glad to make contact. I love following Jacque, so I’m sure we would find much in common. I’ll come over and have a look.

      • oneta hayes says:

        Oh, Jacque, it is you who did this. Well I got mixed up. I thought it was a third party. When I tried to find “Fruits of a Hastle” I found you. I flounder at some of this link to link and that sort of thing. No harm done. I just let you know again that I think a lot of you.

  12. Hello dear, good day. Linked this post to my latest post. Do feel free to check it out at your time. Kind regards, Jacqueline

  13. Hayley says:

    A beautiful poem Oneta 🙂 heartwarming and soothing for the soul xx

  14. oneta hayes says:

    Thank you, Hayley. I am complimented that you read my stuff. You are an outstanding writer.

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