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The Shepherd's Way


Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to share memories, to express feelings, and share what inspires her, so others might be inspired.


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 freshwater 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


manatita44 from london on May 06, 2017:

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

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 30, 2017:

Thank you Louise.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 30, 2017:

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

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 20, 2017:

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

manatita44 from london on April 20, 2017:

A beautiful piece and one full of hope and promise.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 17, 2017:

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.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 06, 2017:

I enjoyed reading your poem, that's lovely.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 05, 2017:

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

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 05, 2017:

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

Jamie and Ruby thanks for you kid words.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 05, 2017:

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

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 05, 2017:

Beautiful poetry. Thank you Lori. Jamie

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 05, 2017:

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

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