History of the Man

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A ballad. This piece is published in The Ronin Express, volume II, available on Amazon.com.

This is the history of a man

Holding my future in his hand

He spoke to me as if I was a Lady

I have been one ever since:


Revelations lay in time gone past

Speaking volumes of a mind forecast

To serve a burden and an ugly cross to bear

No hope at all,  A damning voice declared


Rue the day a babe fell ill

Mountains reduced to lonely hills

Appear that man who loved me so

He swore he had no stone to throw


Unshackle me, a slave set free

Holy spirit's royalty

The ocean's deep, dark waters rise

Deceitfully...Fear magnifies


Confidence shattered as a vase of roses will

Golden dust blown out of a window sill

Herein the ashes of a fire snuffing out

Angel upholding crippled wings, devout


Whispers of a ghost, frail sanity compels

"I hold you close my dear, through days of holy hell"

Trials rain, per agony of grief

Vanishing sins, akin the hardened thief


Here am I, a rescued shame

I vow my breath to bless Your Name

His tender hands unkindle tears

Else scared to death ten thousand fears


A proud man, no.  A wise one: Yes

Noble as he? Sight fail suggest

A mustard seed he sowed indeed

Yet how a man sows, less than a man reap


Can this be done? A soul redeemed?

Behold, surprise: The Prince of Peace

A vine sprouts forth the garden lattice

Displays the past as merely practice


The vine is strong, his roots shot deep

What come dark day, that you could eat?

Be careful lips of what you say

You know not how a curse you lay


To damn a babe as sun to shade

Slay judgment rash, strike YHVH's wrath

As for the man, he doth declare:

From one spark grows a woman fair



To a friend who sticks closer than a brother, The El Shaddai. Almighty YHVH, Your Name is exalted through all time and space. Yours truly,

Glinda Bustamante  


You can save a lot on college by learning calligraphy and making your own diploma.

Submitted: October 01, 2012

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Criss Sole

This is an amazing poem, as is most of your writing. Loved it. I felt like I was able to gather strength as I was reading it.

Thu, November 22nd, 2012 8:00am

Criss Sole

I would also like to reply to the comment, “you can save a lot on college by learning calligraphy and making your own diploma.” As someone who graduated from the University of Toronto, I could not agree more.

Thu, November 22nd, 2012 10:56am


Thanks Chriss!

Sun, November 25th, 2012 5:20pm


Thanks Imad, I was impressed by your poetry in turn. Yours truly, Glinda Gail

Wed, May 15th, 2013 9:08am


interesting and detailed prose... Keep up the great work!

Fri, June 7th, 2013 11:50pm


Thanks LyraHydraComa! I enjoyed yours as well!

Fri, June 7th, 2013 5:01pm

stranger in the corner


Sat, October 5th, 2013 7:44am


Thank you Stranger

Sat, October 5th, 2013 7:56am

Mr Watson

A strong piece Glinda. truly poetic.

Wed, December 30th, 2015 7:49pm


It means more to me than most others. Thank you for understanding Mr. Watson. I have received The man who paints with words, it has really funny, relatable rhymes. I appreciate that the dates of writing are included on the bottom, I just so happen to love the one written on my birthday most. Your son really loves you and it sounds like his girlfriend would make a wonderful daughter in law.

Wed, December 30th, 2015 1:19pm


That was nice, you write very well . I enjoyed reading this. Best to you 2016 Susieshorts

Wed, January 6th, 2016 4:14am


Thank you, Susie. Happy new year to you and your family as well.

Tue, January 5th, 2016 8:45pm

H. Adams

Such a simple verse with so much depth, sincerity, and power. You can just tell from reading this that it has a sentimental meaning for not only you, but for many who stumble upon it. Beautiful and professional, which is rare. Good to find another author who takes pride in his/her work :)

Fri, February 12th, 2016 9:28pm


Be still my heart, Hanorbi! I pride myself in not being easily flattered but you have swept me off my feet. The kindest words on a very down day for me, I really appreciate you taking the time to notice. I will be checking out your work soon my friend. I just got home from being in the hospital for a week with my 4 year old son and it sure is good to be home and healthy. Yours truly, Glinda

Fri, February 12th, 2016 5:33pm


Glinda, fair Glinda, you touch a heart and shine! This poem you share, the truth you bare, it really is divine!
I find that there are few indeed, who write so wonderfully, I feel the honor multiplied that you encourage me:
May joy be your companion, as you serve the nursing path; So few there be like you, my Dear, higher knowledge hath!!!

Sun, July 12th, 2020 8:21am


Thank you Spyguy! I also wanted to thank you for your thoughtful replies on the other pieces, I can tell you are a considerate and deliberate writer (as well as spirit). You uplifted me with your encouragement and I am grateful to have connected with you. I hope you're having a peaceful day!

Mon, July 13th, 2020 4:42pm

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