wilfWilf Copping, the author of the following poem, was born in Chesterfield, England in 1954. He became a Christian  in 1974 and made a commitment to celibacy in 1980. He lives in Christian community – ‘House of Living Stones’ in Northants.



Whether I am great or I am small

Serving just a few or all

If I am chosen or forgotten

Up on the top or at the bottom

I am yours.


Whether or not I see the hand

Making me whatever kind of man

Regarded as a wise man or a fool

Whether life is kind or it is cruel

I am yours.


I am yours in the darkness of my room

When only a woman’s warmth would do

For you are more than wife to me

Far more than family,

I am yours in the sunshine of your love

But give me grace so I do not move

For in the summer I so easily forget

The sun on whom my heart is set


When I am fighting in the war

Or just listening at your door

Lifting up my sword or my ear

Whatever it is I am here

I am yours.


In the storms of love

In the fire and the flood

My friends, my God

I am yours for good.


Wilf has another poem on this blog:   https://undividedblog.org.uk/2013/07/celibate-gift-strength-to-a-fathers-arms/


















Wilf 04/2012

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