No Moses

No Moses





I wish I could set them all free.


“Let my friend go!”

I’d command the secrets turning your soul to skeleton

into a box and toss it to the ocean.


But I’m no Moses.

And to lead people out you have to be in

their desert.

In their slavery.



And I’ve never struggled with those demons that sleep with you.

I admit – it’s hard for me to understand sometimes.

And I know you haven’t told me the half of it.

Do you think I’m that stupid?

Just when I never wanted so badly

To your raw soul with my own,

the walls go higher.

I mess up.

It gets worse.

And I’m no Moses.

I’m at Jericho.

The walls may never come down

while you starve inside them.

I know my voice is hard to hear because of the walls.

But please try to listen for it.

It’s the voice of someone who loves you.

It’s the voice of someone who wants to help carry your burden.

It’s someone who wants you to be ok

and won’t stop until you are.

I’m no Joshua either.

But he’s outside this wall too,

and please hear

what our voices have to say:

“I don’t care if it’s 1 am.  You are not a bother.  Call me.”


5 thoughts on “No Moses

  1. Loved this, Shannon! Got to say though, the speaker of the poem shares a parallel to Moses. 😉 Moses didn’t want to save the people at first, he felt inferior. God told him he could do it. Moses was like, “No, I have a stutter.” God gave him, Aaron. Moses still said no, and God got upset. Moses also struggled a lot understanding the children of Israel, he grew frustrated with them, and angry. But he still showed them mercy. When we have friends who need help, we may not understand the whole situation, or why we were placed in their life. But we can be a light for them. I really liked your poem. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, you hit the nail on the head – so often we feel overwhelmed by how to help others, and out of our depth. God is the one Who can ultimately heal them. He can use us to help and comfort in tangible ways.

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