Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya has been writing poetry since she was 15. Her first poems were in Russian, and she transitioned to writing English poetry when she immigrated to the USA in 2001. Yevgeniya’s poems have been published in Ancient Paths, A Blind Man’s Rainbow and The Penwood Review literary magazines. Yevgeniya works as the Administrative Assistant of Leonia Church.
of Love and other Gifts
Inspired by writings of Emily Dickinson and archimandrite Victor (Mamontov)
I prayed for Love and Peace and Faith
in Doubt and Distress.
I cried, I called, I knelt, I wept
and asked for Holiness.
I was Confused, Alone and Lost –
but never Lost for long.
Your Voice was Sweetly calling back
in Nature and in Songs.
The Pride and Pain of fallen world,
cannot Your Love Prevent
You answer in the Word and Gifts
of Love and Peace and Faith.
under waves of depression,
on the waves of inspiration,
Embracing Divine Navigation,
in the Ocean…
A Christmas Wish
What does Christmas evoke in you –
church services, shopping sprees, something else?
What are your best Christmas memories –
treasures too precious to share?
Did you lose someone special this year –
what will be the new Christmas now?
Cheer for the sake of the children
while holding back tears and rum?
Or are you a Muslim, a Buddhist –
is Christmas foreign to you?
Are you sick of corporate parties
and music that’s too sweet and untrue?
Or are you a devout Christian,
a missionary, a preacher, a monk?
Are you in danger from ISIS
while planning this year’s Midnight Mass?
Will you give me a smile this Christmas?!