User avatar 1495851208 Joanne Kenzy

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by User avatar 1495851208 Joanne Kenzy 1 min.

St. Simeon the Elder

Did nothing but live for God

Choosing extreme austerity

A life-style we would think odd!

This ascetic Syrian saint

His perfectionism so extreme

Lived his life on a pillar

Thus fulfilling his new Christian dream.

A lofty station fifty feet high

Like a look-out man in a crows nest

Resisting the cold and the desert heat

Not even a bed upon which to rest.

History says that for thirty-seven years

In a stance of continual prayers

Simeon's light showed among men

Now removed from day-to-day cares.

"Show me a man that suffered more than I"

"One death, is that how martyrs die?"

Expired without descending the column in air

His body slumped, stooped over in prayer!

© Joanne Kenzy, 2019. All rights reserved.


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