The Beam and The Gymnast

the body and the beam

The Beam and The Gymnast

by ric booth

here in the sky
her eyes look a way
lips ask not why
her feet cannot stay

one with the beam
she’s gracefully won
sown without seam
has everyone stunned

at her center
all’s not as it seems
forces send her
off balancing beam

should fear seize her
she’d never let go
yet two gather
or more so grace flows

leaping as one
alight from within
the beam will come
with her daily din

feet cannot see
yet as they touch down
lives will be freed
and trumpets will sound


As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
1 Corinthians 12:20 (NIV)


9 Responses

  1. I am speechless. You are so gifted, praise God. You inspire me Brotha Ric 🙂 Love you!

  2. Ric, this is really good. Not much more I can say…it is quite gripping.

  3. Hey Braveone, thank you so much.

    And Nate, thanks. Btw, Enjoying your study of John, I am.

  4. You are truly gifted….I love how you see Him in EVERYTHING!!!

    “feet cannot see
    yet as they touch down
    lives will be freed
    and trumpets will sound”

    Amen! 🙂

  5. Thanks Deb. Yeah, he is everywhere… finding him isn’t a problem, seeing him … well that’s another story. And I love it when the body sticks the landing.

  6. Ric, I just knew that although I am tired, I needed to read some of what you are writing! Love it…bro I love that you see HIM too..and although we don’t see HIM all the time, we know HE is there…How awesome!? Love ya

  7. Thanks Darla. How awesome indeed.

  8. Good stuff, Ric! Indeed – the body simple does. Doesn’t question, may not see, but follows … and a beautiful performance comes forth. 🙂

  9. nice analogy Ric – but it misses one vital ‘part’

    Unseen in the poem and on the ‘stage’….

    the hours, days and years of pracrticing pain, anguish, uncertainty and failure at the hands of a brutal, heartless master who asks more from us than we could ourselves alone that goes into such a ‘seemless’ performance.

    The trust it requires to jump onto an unseen beam or floor never comes simply or easily to us. it requires constant repetitions and ‘knowing’ without using our eyes alone to ‘judge’ what is ‘real’.


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