WHAT INSPIRED THE POEM MERCY
THE STORY BEHIND THE POEM I
am writing an introduction so that you will know a bit about the man
behind the poem MERCY and what inspired me to write it.
me begin by simply saying that before you can really get to know me,
you must know my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for without him I am
nothing. If you do not know him, it is my sincere prayer that you
will in the very near future, for it is by his blood, his mercy and
his love that I am able today to share with you what I have been
blessed to write.
am now 47 years old. (11-15-2000) I am a high school drop out with a
GED, which will become obvious to you as you see me stumble over
matters of grammar.
a nutshell, the poem MERCY was written to convey to the world how
great God's mercy for me is. I was an alcoholic, a drug addict, a
member of two gangs, abusive in language and at times physically. I
demolished every car I owned up until 1980 and spent time in 7
different jails in two states and the District Of Columbia, always
due to being out of control while drinking and drugging. You will
read a bit about that below and can learn much more by going to my
TESTIMONY, TESTIMONY II, JESUS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and HOW THEY
LEFT THE EARTH web pages and also reading an excerpt from what will
one day, God willing, be my first book, WHO CARES. God, with his
infinite mercy pulled me away from all of that and the last two lines
of the poem MERCY let you know just where my heart resides today and
that is what inspired the poem MERCY. I
was born out of wedlock and raised in York, Pennsylvania. My father
was married to another woman at the time I was conceived and my
mother was considered retarded.
grew up very poor and with very low self esteem. By the time I was 11
I had already discovered that alcohol and drugs were quick fixes for
my ego. By the time I was 15 I had become a member of a gang and at
15 ½ was confined to a juvenile detention center where I spent
the next 1 ½ years.
being released from the center I quickly returned to my old ways and
began dealing drugs in small quantities to pay for my drinking and
drugging. My cousin, John Plath, had been dealing drugs since he was
12 and I followed on his coattails.
eventually ended up on death row in SC. It was from there that he
sent me a Bible
, (see bible
), shortly after my 30th birthday. He also
sent me a tape and told me that if I did not change I was going to
end up dead or in prison also. I knew that was true. In
1980 after a night of heavy drinking I awoke on a Sunday morning and
while flicking the channels on the TV to find an NFL pre game show I
came across a minister and he was sharing that God could change my
his words ringing in my ears along with the words of my cousin who
would one day be executed in SC, I fell to my knees and accepted
Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was another 6 years before I
composed my first poem. To
introduce my work to you I have chosen my poem “Mercy”, for God
has been merciful to me beyond my wildest dreams. As you read the
poem below, let God’s mercy and grace flow into your heart, then do
the only thing you can do. Pass it on!