Saturday, February 22, 2014

Please No Empty Room--By Sara Kendrick--United States

Please No Empty Room

Let not my heart become in my old age
"An empty room, cobwebbed, and comfortless"
But an open sunny porch, a welcome sage
A loving heart to those in distress

Let not my pain sabotage my soft heart
Let me remain a gentle, kind spirit
Writing a course of good 'pon my sea chart
Let love from heart's depths to God submit

Enjoining to You  oh Holy Spirit
Flow through me like a circuit open ended
This vessel delights in your benefits
Let the love seed grow with fastest speed

Let my heart not be controlled by body's pain
Fill my heart with Thy love 'til it can't contain 

Note--"An empty room, cobwebbed, and comfortless"
Quote from Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sara Kendrick married young and had a family soon after. After her last child went to school, she decided to pursue her GED. A gentlemen who worked with the GED program encouraged her to enroll in college.  She worked part time and cared for her family in addition to her studies. She graduated from Mercer University. Several years ago, after a health crisis, she started writing poetry. 


  1. Sara, in this finite we have all been through a certain hell patterned for us. Given saying that, sometimes we fall into its depths and linger there perhaps a little too long. Your beautiful, lamenting poem well defines that "place" - and yet, as only a poet can do, there is a light .............. Sheri

  2. You have stated as many of us are thinking as we age. My thoughts are - a sunny spot to lay my head, a beautiful blossom to give me cheer, a cute little creature for me to marvel at...I'se happy...Beautiful words and wonderful thoughts Sara...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  3. Sara, I love the message in your poem, a gentle reminder that as we grow old we need to build goodwill and show our love for our family, friends and others around us. This is a message we wall need to read and live up to. Robert

  4. Sara, I loved your opening lines, Let not my heart become in my old age
    "An empty room, cobwebbed, and comfortless". Those are my sentiments exactly. Thank you for a well written and inspiring poem.

  5. Wise, inspiring message, Sara... Terry

  6. Love it, Sara. Glory to God! I touch and agree with you: "No Empty Room." Continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  7. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    Beautiful write that works so well with the Edna St V M quote

  8. Thank you, Christine Tate, for the following comment--

    Hi Sara, I enjoyed your inspiring poem. I love Psalm 92:14 where the Lord promises He'd keep believers vital & green even in old age! We have a purpose here until the Lord calls us home, so let us occupy no matter what our age with vigor. Thank you for sharing your lovely message! God bless you.

  9. Thank you, Linda Hurdwell, for the following comment--

    Very good, and I hope I also have not an empty room in my heart later.

  10. Thoughtful content and listing lament for sure. Sound advice too! Enjoyed the poem, beautifully expressed. Ralph

  11. Dear Sara,
    I'm sorry I missed this beautiful sonnet earlier. You work so well in this form, one of my favorites. The love and compassion you show to others will never be eradicated by age or the pain we encounter in life. That is one of the many things I admire so much about you, my friend. Absolutely beautiful and a poem to which many can relate. Love and blessings, Carolyn