Christian Poetry
Poems by Caleb Tukahiirwa



Caleb writes: "I am from Uganda and I am a student at Makerere University pursuing a Bachelor's in Community Psychology. I am a Christian and I have a great passion for poetry."


The New Path
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

Once, my candle was out, it was dark,
I was in the dark, far from our home
Too far from him, myself, living
Leading a path that I knew not at all

Stabled each step I always made,
Through the heart striking thorns.
Lost from even where I was standing
Maybe I was nothing and nowhere,

Today, tomorrow or even yesterday
Were never to be different, I thought
They all seemed written out the same
Freedom not being part of their scripts,

Never to be---though,
So was the hand that touched me one day,
A hand that felt not like the usual,
Through a soft wind it touched me gently,

Sat me down to rest and dried my tears
Washed my thirst out, nursed my heart,
Lit a candle in me, with a bright light,
A light that let me see everything around

Opened my eyes to this new straight path;
Tickled my funny-bone to a lasting joy
Gave me a new day, a script of thought
Now I head home, searching for his face.

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)


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He Was A Believer
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

Yesterday, I lost a good friend
An old man that knew the whole truth,
The truth about believing and salvation
He mourned not at a burial of a brother.

As he always said, it’s a path we all are to take,
One that we should celebrate rather than curse
A time to rest from your long tiring earthly duty
Bravely he always looked on waiting for his day

He stood for morality in this wasted country
Celebrated each day and night the Lord’s grace
And wished no one to cry on his awaited day
He asked us to get dressed in white that day

And walk the road he loved so much to take
The road that led to our community church
Thanking God for the mercies he showed him
He wanted no mourning but a party of victory

No cries of misery but joyful tears of proud hearts
Wanted no goodbyes but rather see-you-laters
Said that he would wait for me when my day came
He would prepare for me my mansion as I came

Everything would be good again and even better
For we will be home where we have always belonged
Yesterday was so different from all the other days
It was a believer’s funnel, a higher power was present.

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)


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Christian Walk
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

A land I was told about
This where there is only beauty to see,
Where voices are shared by many,
Hymns sung in unison.

Sweet it was said it would be.
That, that’s heard of but never seen,
Yes, promised it was long before now
Thou non has ever stepped foot there,

Only visions, dreams draw it to us
Till that day it will open onto us
Though not all shall go in thy place,
Nor even have a glance in

For only faith can take thee forth,
We journey to it through life
Towards that grand destiny we trail
Awaiting your entry to travel with us
This family of many souls with one body

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)


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I Will Hold Your Hand
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

I will hold your hand;
This I promise you today.
Today I will journey with you
Learn with you all there is
Share your happiness with joy
And wipe your face of tears.

I will hold your hand;
Together cross wild waters
Face that fearless lion
Make a way in the dark
Stand those strong winds
Never to close my eyes on you,

I will hold your hand;
Guide your feet to the step
Eyes to the beauty of sight
Lips to the sweetest fruit
Ears to songs of praise

I will hold your hand;
Like I have always done
Now we are old in age
But your hand I won’t let go
For he gave you to me alone
And only he will tell me when.

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)


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The Other Sheep
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

The other flock of sheep that came to our farm
They all looked, thought different from us,
Each was dressed in a heavy thick white coat
And claimed to be chosen, special, above us

Rejected our sheepherder and his sheep dogs,
Teaching us of this one greater sheepherder,
That our sheep skin was stained and ruined
But he, their shepherd would give a white one,

Our own sheep-dips were breeding the germs
He would bring better and stronger sheep-dips,
These that will free us of our germs troubles;
Though all the way we understood not the truth

The truth underneath the heavy thick white coats;
This flock looked white outside but was dark inside,
We were stained out but with a white sheen inside
Their great shepherd was ours painted different,

Our shepherd is the one they were bringing back
We were innocent, deceived, what we already knew
Now we look sheepishly around helplessly, deserted
They took away what we had our theory about life.

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)


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Lift Me Lord
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

Lift me from this lost life LORD
lift me and lead me to your path
lift my face high to shine with peace
lift a peace that in your power in me
lift my voice to sing of your praise
lift my soul, take me home LORD

Ordain me with your word LORD
ordain my lips to speak of only you
ordain these hands to heal by name
ordain the legs to travel your lands
ordain my soul to dwell in you alone
ordain my heart to worship, LORD

Reveal my purpose on earth, LORD
reveal the why reason I am who I am
reveal your presence in my weak soul
reveal your great power over all there is
reveal the comfort, peace in knowing you
reveal your endless love, mercy for man
reveal that you are GOD and LORD

Deliver my soul of its burden, LORD
deliver man, as he is lost of the way
deliver man, he is tired with his sin
deliver our souls from the fires of hell
deliver us from the many wars we fight
deliver this land from its sin, LORD

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)


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Voices From The Ruins
By Caleb Tukahiirwa

There voices that wish to be,

Heard,

Pitted,

Listened to,

Answered

Wailing loud, thunderously they cry

They bleed from the inside endless

Carrying their painful cup, with

Despair,

Rejection,

Disillusionments,

In prayer for this nightmare to end

And let them visualize the abundance promised

Promised to them “life in abundance”

But never been seen except

War,

Disease,

Poverty and death

These that have seemingly within time

Washed away trust in scriptural writings

Eating away the flesh of the promise

Making life a confusion of doubt

In their belief,

Trust,

Faith,

Of who now to hear them out.

(© 2011 Caleb Tukahiirwa – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)



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