Monday, September 1, 2014

The Force--By Tim Ryerson--United States

The Force

When the blackest nightmares were realized
and bitter truth pierced cracked, brittle armor
When candles of last hope flickered and faded
and darkness closed on the edge of vision
When despair careened towards insanity
and aching fists and fingers began to slip
When the abyss called, a mighty hand reached
and lifted me silent to higher ground

Tim Ryerson is a published poet from Ponchatoula, Louisiana who retired from the printing business in 2011. He began writing in the 80’s but did not take it seriously until 2001 after the untimely death of his then 21 year old son. He does not have a ‘signature style’ but prefers writing different forms of poetry. Many of his poems use southern slang and Cajun dialect. He also enjoys writing humorous poems, especially limericks and senryu and was among the winners in the latest Humor Press writing contest with his entry “Emergency Rooms Just KILL me.”


  1. Hi Tim! Thank you for such a lovely and inspiring poem. When everything seems to be going wrong and all seems lost, He is there to lift us up to safety. Ah! how often we are men of little faith, tending to forget where to turn to for help! // paul

  2. Hi, Tim. Your poem inspires when one believes in the Mighty Hand. Mankind is so fickle in their vanity, and yet, our humility shows in time of need. Thanks for a super poem! Sheri /

  3. Hello Tim,

    Your poem shows the power of faith. It can help us rise above the atrocities you describe so vividly in your poem. Let's always remember that even in our darkest hours, He is there to help us.

    Congratulations on your achievement with the Humor Press contest. It is your sense of humor that I have always remembered most about you.

    Best wishes,

    1. Thank you my dear Carolyn...I treasure your comments, support AND your friendship...

    2. Thanks my dear friend....I will send it by email if you like...

  4. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    lovely uplifting piece

  5. To be on the precipice of the darkest of days, and be lifted up...
    Well, this is very uplifting to me, Tim.

  6. Thank you Tim for the timely reminder that God does lift us when we have faith in Him to do so. Even in our darkest hour He is always there to lift and guide us. Thank you for the wonderful poem so well written. I truly enjoyed it.

  7. I liked this, Tim. Nice write. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  8. Great poem, Tim, Thank you for sharing it with us here! I enjoyed reading it! And my congrats to your achievment!