When You Were Young

When You Were Young

When You Were Young 612 612 Jason Ramsey

When you were young, spirits rose
from hollow arms, petals aligned
in rows, sundresses draped from
hips like windblown sails, lips
crested waves. When you were

young, mountains shifted along
fault lines, hellebores bloomed in
Lenten shade, lakes reflected
pines on glass — shadow-cast for
larks to mirror flight. When you

were young, innocence carved sin
as craftsmen shape oak — precise
blade against grain, pride-split,
salient — molded imperfection
from our Architect. When

you were young, paths cleared like
memories, stillborn to love that
swelled blue in your veins, a
snapshot of shutters swung shut,
eyes forlorned to frame a stare.



(Header photo courtesy of Carly Rykse)

Jason Ramsey

Jason Ramsey is the founder and executive director of ALTARWORK and Amity Coalition. He's married with five kids - including two sets of twins - and walks the tightrope of family, job, and ministry with both eagerness and unease. He gravitates towards mental health advocacy, social and religious equality, hard-life fiction, classical liturgy, modern worship, the Detroit Tigers, and all things Michigan State University. His writing has been featured at Patheos, Venn Magazine, The Mudroom, and The Bees Are Dead, among others. Connect with him below!

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  • Jason, your writing makes me pause, take in a deep breath and meditate, savoring every word.
    What I’m saying is, I love your work. This is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing it with the world.

    Blessings to you and your family, dear brother,

  • “stillborn to love that
    swelled blue in your veins, a
    snapshot of shutters swung shut”

    This is so affecting and beautifully sad. The imagery and flow is mesmerizing; I am reminded why I must read more poetry. My soul is enlarged.
    thank you

  • Mary Langer Thompson April 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Beautiful poem, and one to share on “Poem in Your Pocket Day.”

  • Lovely, Jason! May God continue to bless you and your writing life in Christ.