Penuel by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

PENUEL (I have seen God face to face and survived) I bribed my way through favour Grabbing and holding unto power Unto the glitters and colours of the earth – Yet I remained unfulfilled I made gains both small and great A mighty man blessed indeed With wealth and wisdom and what have you – Yet unhappy I remained My bounty a sackful I carried all my life Hoping its presence could grant me happiness Holding on tight to it’s weight – Yet a weary soul I remained Until mercy came and attacked my lie Grace exposed the deceit I … Continue reading Penuel by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

He was fibbed to like a house on fire, He was maligned and unjustly criticized, But, despite all that, he pocketed his pride. He didn’t hurl back because of the goal ahead, And that is why his enemy is always abased. Why did you pocket your pride? They asked. It is highly legitimate if you fight back, they said. It doesn’t matter what is right, What matters is what He likes, he answered. I paid the painful price, To set the sinful free, he added. He further explained, You need to hold your horses, If you want to be unique … Continue reading Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

O, Lord of Lives by Ujjal Mandal

when all men treat me as impostor let my mind fill with serenity and go out the flame of anger let my heart shine with melody and beauty like the pearl of great worth when all men turn down my tongue let you take back the sighs you gave me once to breathe endless and let me put on new dress of flesh O, my god! Bio: Ujjal Mandal is an Indian poet who hails from Ganguria, West Bengal, India. He is the author of two books of poetry: “Ambrosia in Budding Flowers” & “Shobder Phul.” Continue reading O, Lord of Lives by Ujjal Mandal

A CRY FROM THE WATERS by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

A CRY FROM THE WATERS It was you who called me out To walk upon water Why let me sink? It was you who calmed the storm And the waves obeyed Why not now? This unknown is indeed great My feet is failing me Darkness surrounds me, where are you? The waters are deep and wide Ruthless waves raging violently How long can faith stand? Is there a place where trust has no borders Where mortals live forever And sinners walk on water? Is there a presence where The soul sinks deeper in truth And joy overcomes darkness? Please lead … Continue reading A CRY FROM THE WATERS by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

AT CHRISTMAS by Giti Tyagi – PAROUSIA Magazine

AT CHRISTMAS POET: DR. GITI TYAGI At Christmas the merriment spreads around The festivities, the joy when fills the air And spreads the message far and wide The message of love, cheer and bliss abound The message of the Lord, so Divine and pure This time of the year when the music fills The hearts with joy and the hopes that fly High up to the skies, higher they reach The faith in the goodness rekindles And the arms stretch out, welcoming all It’s more of a time we’d spend to cleanse Our souls and hearts and the inner selves … Continue reading AT CHRISTMAS by Giti Tyagi – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pray to Jesus – A Poem from Ujjal Mandal – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pray to Jesus O Jesus, wake us up From the shell of darkness. An apple tree stoops to the ground When many succulent apples Decorate the tree with their skins Of red, green, yellow and pink. O Jesus, make us like the apple trees. When spring leaves the tree, she stands With bare jewellery looking at the skies Straight. She never bows her head down. O Jesus, do not let us be like this arrogant tree. O Jesus, wake us up From the shell of numbness. Ujjal Mandal, a Postgraduate scholar and an emerging poet from West Bengal, India. He … Continue reading Pray to Jesus – A Poem from Ujjal Mandal – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pinnng! by Marcel Graves – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pinnng! nosce te ipsum (Latin meaning: know Thyself) By: Marcel Graves (Genesis 1:26) Truly glorious gifts come in small packages: Consider your size relative to our planet, Nay, our solar system, Nay, our galaxy, Nay, our universe! We are truly miniscule. But inside! Whoa! What an infinite greatness is working from within! Created in the image and likeness… Small words to behold, but powerful when their true meaning is disclosed. Who would have guessed where the Creator has hidden His secret sacred manna in such plain sight? The Trinity is within each of us! How do you like them apples? … Continue reading Pinnng! by Marcel Graves – PAROUSIA Magazine

Two Poems from Ann Privateer

Hair Woven, pressed, rolled, washed, curled, cut, shaved, combed, dyed, dried, tied, fried, palmated, braided, wired, piled, styled, tamed, rinsed, renewed, wind blown, flipped, up, back, under, clipped, unruly, wiry, teased, twisted, red, blond, gray, auburn, brown, chestnut, silver, ginger, sandy, bleached, black, fuzzy, sculpted tresses, mops, manes– Art: the color of hair. Above and Beyond I took out the old Oldsmobile for a spin over the mountain the top was woven with willows and far more oleanders than my mind could hope to hold. Fearless plants fondly growing more human though never full of blood like the animal kingdom‘s … Continue reading Two Poems from Ann Privateer

GOD SEEMS DISTANT by Abasiama Udom

GOD SEEMS DISTANT Humans are close But cannot understand and this place of a leader I want no more. The price is too steep, the depths too wide God seems distant, my pain is all I hear. BIO: Abasiama Udom is a polymathic writer and poet, she writes from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Her works have been published in Kalahari Review, Imspired, The Sandy River Review, Rigorous Magazine and elsewhere. She is constantly chasing new adventures but appreciates the constancy of food, music, books, family, sleep, and football in her life. She is on instagram abasiama.udom Continue reading GOD SEEMS DISTANT by Abasiama Udom

Happy Birthday by Ann Privateer

Happy Birthday I think you’re wonderful Happy birthday to you You are my sunshine Happy birthday I’ll row your boat If you row mine Happy birthday dear baby I think you’re Devine Happy birthday to you I want you, baby Because life Is but a dream I want you the way you are So stand by me, I’m yours Don’t worry, be happy It’s my birthday. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading Happy Birthday by Ann Privateer

I WILL by Abasiama Udom

I WILL I will stand by your door I will knock till you open I will call out your name even in eternity’s yawn my legs hurt, my fingers bloody my voice hoarse Yet I will stay, Arms wide open Proclaiming a love you desire I will stand by your door, I will knock, I will wait BIO: Abasiama Udom is a polymathic writer and poet, she writes from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Her works have been published in Kalahari Review, Imspired, The Sandy River Review, Rigorous Magazine and elsewhere. She is constantly chasing new adventures but appreciates the constancy of food, … Continue reading I WILL by Abasiama Udom

In the Morning by Ann Privateer

In the Morning When sun shines in And flaws take shape Because mother said You must be perfect Even if the man in bed Isn’t, I’m wed to someone I don’t know who owns Summers of snow No flowers, no hope With nothing to guide Even love needs faith To shine through. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading In the Morning by Ann Privateer

MAD OR IN LOVE by Abasiama Udom

MAD OR IN LOVE I still pray amidst my pain To a God I am not sure hears either I am mad or in love yet I choose the later loving, trusting desperately this God in whose word I find redemption yet I am either mad or in love BIO: Abasiama Udom is a polymathic writer and poet, she writes from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Her works have been published in Kalahari Review, Imspired, The Sandy River Review, Rigorous Magazine and elsewhere. She is constantly chasing new adventures but appreciates the constancy of food, music, books, family, sleep, and football in her … Continue reading MAD OR IN LOVE by Abasiama Udom

An Antenna by Ann Privateer

An Antenna Sits on my windowsill Two long silver fingers As thin as fishing poles Like a V for victory Pointing to heaven Captures the signal From networks in the ether Connecting me To comedy, sometimes Or news of the day And then, I’m not alone. Bio: Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering to name a few. Continue reading An Antenna by Ann Privateer

Becoming Like Christ by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola

Why metamorphose like the world When you can be like the Word? For many are ignorantly deceived By the appealing of the world Thinking they’re admirable in the world But, their worthlessness lie in a bed of roses And by and by in time and tide They will be a wart to the world And their breath will be a buffer zone For they have neglected the Word Helter-skelter they run after the world With the schizophrenia of what the Word is to the world And the Kingdom of the Word will oust the world at the Lord’s return. So, … Continue reading Becoming Like Christ by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola

Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

SUNLESS DAYS Our hopes have flownAnd our dreams drownedIn the shattered streamsOf anxiety and perplexityShadowed by dreariness. Die not the smearing sunFor thy creatures need it.Die not the scorching sunFor the whole world weepsFor the coldness of the dawn. Our sight is blurred,But the thundering voiceOf a blissful sonShall change the shrieky tuneOf wails; Christ is the healing. WAR WITHOUT WEAPONS The world is at war;Fighting an invisible rivalWhose fame of victorySpreads like a wildfireCirculating flames of furiesInto the burning minds of men. Bring not bow and arrowsFor the enemy’s shell is sturdy,Stronger than that of a coconut.Bring not spears,For … Continue reading Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Four Poems from Emmanuel Momoh | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

COME ALL YE To the ones whose eyes have seen gory daysAnd those whose hope went up in flamesThere’s a panacea to every hurt, every painCome all ye, let this name be your shade.To the ones who’ve had their backs to the wallAnd those the locusts devoured their cropsDon’t just sit and mourn and count your lossRise up, look yonder, find solace in the cross.I know your essence have been smeared with poignant pains& life has gifted you moonless nights, cloudy daysRejoice o brother, the sun will rise againAnd those dead bones will surely live again.Come all ye, out of … Continue reading Four Poems from Emmanuel Momoh | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Parousia Easter Poetry Contest 2021 | PAROUSIA Magazine

We are inviting all our contributors and readers in Nigeria to participate in our maiden Parousia Easter Poetry Contest. Theme: From the Cross to the Throne Guidelines: Write a poem (It should not be more than 10 lines.) Post the poem on your Instagram page. Tag us @parousiamag with a befitting feature image. (You must be following @parousiamag to be eligible for the contest and encourage others to do so.) Ask your friends and families to like and comment on your poem. The Poem with the highest likes gets ₦10,000 5 outstanding poems decided by the editor will receive ₦2000. … Continue reading Parousia Easter Poetry Contest 2021 | PAROUSIA Magazine