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Faith by Patrick Overton

One of my all time favorite poems is Faith, by Patrick Overton.


When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:

There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly

© Patrick Overton
The Leaning Tree, 1975
Rebuilding the Front Porch of America, 1997

I first read Faith, which is contained in The leaning tree [poems] back in 1997.  I had recently left an abusive relationship, became a Christian, and was working two jobs while attending nursing school full time.  I literally felt as if I was at the end of my rope so to speak.

I had stopped by one of the local hospitals to put in a job application (if I could get a better paying job, I would only have to work one).  As I walked past a reception area, I noticed a bookmark on the counter and picked it up.  On the bookmark was the above poem.  As I read it, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders.  The bookmark was one of a stack of bookmarks that staff were giving out.  So, I tucked it into my pocket and went on.

In the years since, I have often thought back on that poem, and thought, “Teach me to fly, Lord.”

Do you have a favorite poem?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I know those moments/times of which you speak. God Bless.

  2. What a great poem, it’s so true, you have to take that step into the unknown if things are to get better.

  3. I wanted to thank you for stopping by, and your nice comment. You have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you come back again some time. Take care. I already follow you.

  4. I know you like music. Have you heard “Healing Begins” by Tenth Avenue North?

  5. Patrick Overton says:

    Glad the poem touched you. It always does my heart good to know that this poem has its own way of working itself into people’s lives and making a difference.

    Although I’ve never authorized the poem to be used as a bookmark, obviously there was a purpose for it because it ended up in your hands.

    Keep flying! Patrick Overton

    • Never in a million years would I have dreamed that Patrick Overton would stop by my blog! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, and for encouraging me to keep flying! May the Lord return to you a portion of the blessing that you have been to the lives of others!