Had I My Sketchbook
Had I my sketchbook on that day
facing the tomb
where recent horrors laid Him
and a rock sealed the room…
Had I thoughts other than
to sit and weep and clasp my book,
I’d open the pages
of sketches and look…
Him laughing at table
Him weeping for a friend
His amazing miracles
the events near the end…
That last day he lived
if living it be called
I could not’ve drawn it
eyes swollen as I bawled.
But I was there
His agony my own.
And I am here now
gazing at a stone.
The finality of it all
I s’pose that’s what I should draw.
A last sketch of my Friend
to end this book of all I saw.
I’d begin the arc of that boulder
the crevices of the rock
Lines upon lines
sealing up my broken heart.
Hours must’ve passed
as I filled up the page
with line after line
of my Friend’s stony cage.
The sun was coming up
as a Voice gently asked-
What have you there, Little One?
At these words, I gasped.
Sitting down by me
He pointed to what I’d drawn-
An angel, an opening,
grave cloths, a song.
I checked to be sure
what I drew had not been dream.
There it was in front of me
the whole of my scene.
And He sitting beside
glowing in smile.
We spoke of nothing and so much
for a very short while.
Then he rose to visit others
to show them Death was done.
I asked what shall I do now
for this joy…it must run!
He said keep drawing where you see Me
in all your live-long days…
And paint the song you’ve heard this morn
throughout the years and always.
April 7, 2012
Reposted today, April 1, 2018. Because it is still true. <3
21 thoughts on “Had I My Sketchbook”
Thank you for this. This is why I draw too. Here in Japan it is already Easter morning. Happy Easter. He is Risen.
I did a similar sketch on my Etegami blog if you’d like to see it. http://etegamibydosankodebbie.blogspot.com
So glad to “meet” you! He is risen indeed!
Thank you my dear friend for the way that you direct folks to the real Jesus! Happy Easter to you and your dear family!
Powerful. We serve a risen Savior!
Terrific poem and I like the line drawing. I think Jesus WOULD say to draw our lives. He always believed in celebrating the ordinary raising a meal, a wedding and more to the level of sacrament. Maybe that’s what drawing your life does – raise it to the level of sacrament which is really what it is!
Timaree. I am writing these words of yours down in my journal…making a sacrament of our everyday lives…that is indeed what drawing does for me. Thank you for this.
A very moving post. nancy
Blessings on you and yours dearest one. Have a beautiful Easter..
Thank you as always for sharing your gifts that God has given you.
Love always, Jackie
Happy Easter dear Jackie! May it be a beauty-filled day for you and your sweet husband and family! Love,Jennifer
That is beautiful, Jennifer.
Thank you Eileen! Happy Easter!
Thanks for this, what lovely thoughts. I’m afraid sometimes I do forget Him but not today. X
You are welcome Val! I hope your Easter was joy filled!
Such a beautiful poem and drawing to illustrate it. Well done! May God Blees You….✝️
Thank you Robin! I hope your Easter was full of joy!
Jennifer, what a wonderful poem for Easter – you really put into words the meaning and joy of this day! Happy Easter!
Thank you Mary Ellis…I appreciate your kind words. Happy Easter to you!
Thank you Elizabeth! Happy Easter!