I Am A Cup (Poem by Leighton Ford)

I bring coffee to waking lips
I carry water to a thirsty child
I am lifted in prayer
I am poured in communion
I spend much time on a shelf waiting
I am chosen and lifted and happy
I am named by my possessor
I am given shape by my maker
I am given roundness
I am given fullness
I am empty
I am flowing
I am sometimes warm
I am often chilly
I like to be held and touched
I am handled and moved around
I am put aside
I am often rinsed and cleaned
I often sit and wait
I have been around a long time
I am just a cup
I am
A cup

Leighton Ford
7 am May 27, 2017

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  • Jerry Spinks says:

    As I read this poem, great in its simplicity and symbolism, I was drawn to my grandfather’s old 1940 Broadman Hymnal and the 1924 song by George S. Schuler, Make Me a Blessing. The third verse says, “Give as ’twas given to you in your need, Love as the Master loved you; Be to the helpless a helper indeed, Unto your mission be true. Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing, Out of my life may Jesus shine; Make me a blessing, O Savior I pray, Make me a blessing to someone today.”

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