The Shepherd's Way

Updated on April 12, 2017
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Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to write about memories, express feelings, and inspire others through her faith in God.

Based on Psalm 23, and Jesus the Good Shepherd.

The Shepherd's Way

The valley is dark

with the shadows of

lofty mountain peaks.

Beasts lurk for prey

behind rocks and scrub,

the Shepherd's rod speaks.

Cold and fearsome

in the gaping gorge,

enshrouded in sunless gloom.

A mighty hand guides

small pilgrim's route,

through parts where dangers loom.


A faithful escort

through savage vales,

I fear no hostile vice.

Only one path leads

to the fertile fields -

from valley to the heights.

His steps are certain,

His comfort true,

to His custody, I entrust.

The pace is slow

with steady gain,

no benefit by rush.

Arrived at foothills,

faced to scale,

equipped and fortified.

The scent of grass

and fresh water call,

peace and safety there abide.


At summit's brow

lie verdant leas,

pastures rich and lush.

Refreshing waters

ponds and streams,

where currents lively gush.

Drinking deeply

and feasting fine,

from the Shepherd's table;

where enemies dare not

think to tread,

because my Lord is able.


What thrilling promise

of mercy's flow,

into eternity's span.

To dwell in His house

where His cup overflows,

forever without end.

© 2017 Lori Colbo


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      manatita44 9 months ago from london

      Hope, promise, beauty, experience and of course sincerity, simplicity and Faith all rolled into one. Another awesome piece!

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      Lori Colbo 9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you Louise.

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      Louise Powles 9 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That really is a lovely poem Lori. So well written, thankyou.

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      Lori Colbo 10 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Manatia, if I could have only message to give to the world it would be hope.

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      manatita44 10 months ago from london

      A beautiful piece and one full of hope and promise.

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      William Kovacic 10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for the encouragement. I'm going through one of those dark valleys you talked about, and it's nice to be reminded that I'm not alone. Nice work, Lori.

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      Louise Powles 10 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I enjoyed reading your poem, that's lovely.

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      Dora Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your poem truly echoes the assurance of the Shepherd's Psalm. Comforting!

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      Lori Colbo 10 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, glad this gave you a good start for your day.

      Jamie and Ruby thanks for you kid words.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is beautiful Lori! The pictures are spectacular......

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 10 months ago from Reno NV

      Beautiful poetry. Thank you Lori. Jamie

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just great. Thanks for starting out my day so well.