Renew in Me

i sat in a pew

hearing the strain

of an ol’ time melody

singing “create in me

a clean heart, o-o-o

god” and i wondered

really? is it me?

does my heart need


each patch of





does it need to be




maybe I will sing

a new melody

building on the old

wishing not for

a clean heart

but for a strong


not for erasure

but for


not for the unsoiled

but for soil ground in

so deeply that it transforms

me to mud

to adama

giving rise to new


…create in me a heart of mud, o-o-o God, and renew a right spirit within me…

mud maid
“Mud Maid” by Caroline

Note: the name “Adam” in Hebrew scriptures is connected to the word adama which means earth or mud. So essentially, “Adam” is “mudman.” For more information on the Hebrew meaning of the word: go to



– Rev. Terri Stewart

© 2015, poem and comment, Terri Stewart, All rights reserved; photograph as above


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

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