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God’s Beautiful Mystery — Interview with Poet David Andrew

Poet David Andrews

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In honor of National Poetry Month, we are honoring and recognizing a few poets.

The first being David Andrews, a poet at Poetry in Motion.  His writing is an expression of his faith in a world full of paradox. He is working on his first book of poetry, which is due to be published this year. David is married with three sons and lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

I encourage you to view his website! His poetry will touch your heart, as it has mine, and similar to us at P&W, reflects on God’s glory.

The interview starts off with a few questions about David and his poetry. It concludes with his poem, “Beautiful Mystery”.

P&W: What is poetry to you? How do you personally define it?

DA: Poetry to me is a break for freedom.  It is an attempt to say the unsayable, and open a door for others to walk through into a brave new world.  Poetry for me is also worship.  When I write, everything else falls away, and it is just me, a pen, paper, and God.

P&W: What inspires your poetry?

DA: A lot of things inspire me.  My poetry is really just an expression of my faith, in a world full of paradox.  This is my main inspiration: Where I see God, I see poetry.

P&W: Who are some of your favorite poets and what poems are your favorites?

DA: I really like William Blake (“The Tyger”), Emily Dickinson (“Hope is a thing with feathers”), and anything by David Whyte. I really like this quote by David Whyte:

The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back for the poet once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid. The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat. Poetry is a break for freedom.

P&W: Usually, readers interpret poetry to how it means to them personally, but what is the true meaning of the poem you’ve selected to share with us?

DA: This is why poetry is really important – it is all about the reader and their interpretation.  This is where they find meaning and purpose in poetry.  The poem “Beautiful Mystery” is a description of Heaven and eternity.  Eternity has been placed in our heart by God.  This poem is an expression of the ache we each have in our own heart which longs to experience and meet God.  This process (life) is the beautiful mystery.

P&W: Why did you choose this poem to share?

DA: I’ve had a bit of feedback and it seems to resonate with many people.

 

Beautiful Mystery

David Andrews

Take me into your perfect love
The love that never ends
Take me back to your mystery
Where we were forever friends

Take me into you mercy
Where it’s whiter than the snow
Take me into the beautiful
Where your living waters flow

Take me into your perfect grace
And remind me I am free
Take me back to your mystery
Lift the fog so I may see

Take me into your presence
Here I stand with open arms
Take me into the beautiful
And protect me from all harm

Consume me in your perfect love
The love that casts out all my fear
Take me back to your mystery
With arms wide open I am here

In your beautiful mystery
In faith we walked before
In your beautiful mystery
Lead me back to you once more

David on Twitter: twitter.com/poetrymotionnz
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David’s Website: poetryinmotion.co.nz/

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