The Support

A poem.

God provides the foundation

On which our home is built

A solid base that anchors it

To soft soil or shifting sand

Your strength is the structure

That keeps this delicate form

From blowing, washing away

When the wind and rain come

Your dedication is the frame

That holds up this fragile life

As it reaches toward heaven

Buttressing its soaring wings

And though we need the Lord

Who shelters and protects us

Our home would lie in ruins

If not held together by you


For my wife.

M.G. Edwards

July 2012


Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. July 23, 2012    

    That’s beautiful, Michael. Very touching.

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      July 24, 2012    

      Thank you, David! I wrote it as a personal poem for my wife on her birthday. I was planning to keep it private, but we talked about it and thought that others might enjoy it too. I’m happily surprised by the response. I’m glad to share it.

      • July 24, 2012    

        What a wonderful thing for you to do. You know, I’m glad you shared it. It’s a wonderful sentiment. My hat goes off to you. 🙂

  2. Virginia simaabo's Gravatar Virginia simaabo
    July 24, 2012    

    Wow! Interesting and very inspiring.

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      July 24, 2012    

      Thank you very much! I appreciate it. I wrote it for my wife for her birthday, but we thought it would be nice to share with others. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  3. Rebecca Humphries's Gravatar Rebecca Humphries
    July 25, 2012    

    MG , It is so great to love someone so completely and you certainly express it very lovingly . Nothing is so great as love. :~)

    • mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
      July 26, 2012    

      Thank you, Rebecca! I appreciate it. 🙂

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