Beth King’s”Come To Me, Holy Spirit” after Norma Suddreth


Beth King photographed at the September 17, 2016 Art of Poetry event at Hickory Museum of Art. Beth’s poem was inspired by artist Norma Suddreth’s works from her visit to the Holy Land. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford. 

Be aware the final submission date for the December 3, 2016 Art of Poetry is November 19! For submission guidelines and eligible exhibitions, read below.

Beth King
after “The Holy Spirit” by Norma Suddreth

Come to Me, Holy Spirit;
Come to Me, Snow Dove of Peace,
The Ivory in Thy Chestnut of Wisdom,
The Mahogany Branch in Thy Gem of Peace.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit,
Be Thy Sovereign Path to God,
Guide Me to the Lamp That Lights My Song On The Mountain,
Place the Palms on the Road of My Wholesomeness.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit,
Help Me Each Day to Be The Joy of Thy Salvation,
Share with Me the Flame that Fans Your Wings Inspire to Mercy,
Let Me Be the Branch of Peace That Passes All Understanding.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit,
I am Not as I Was, Even as a Child Hiding in the Darkness,
I am Not as I Shall Be, the Daughter in Whom Christ is Well Pleased,
I am Not as the Truth of Me Is, A New Creation in Christ, Belonging Only to God.

The submission deadline is November 19, 2016 and the reading will be December 3 at 2:00.

To submit, simply go to the museum and write poems about the works on exhibit. Please note the dates of eligible exhibits below. Submissions should:
-include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
-be typed in the body of an email (do not send attachments)
-be typed using 12-point Arial font, single spaced
-be sent to Kelly DeMaegd at
-Art of Poetry will use no more than 3 poems by any individual poet
-Art of Poetry reserves the right to decline work that may not be appropriate in content, or of literary quality as determined by its panel of judges.

Approximately 20 poems will be selected to be displayed at the museum and to be read by the author (or selected substitute reader) at the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Audiences have ranged from 15 to 45 people. After the reading, with permission of the poet and artist, poems will be posted on the Art of Poetry website at

Eligible exhibits are as follows:
·Pat Viles Retrospective (2nd Fl. Coe Gallery; September 3 – December 4)
-Whitener and Warhol: Juxtaposed (1st Fl. Whitener Gallery; Through 7/16/17
-Different Strokes by Different Folks: Works by the Foothills Painters (1st Fl. Regal and Gifford Galleries; 10/15/16 – 2/12/17)
-Innocent and Ethereal: The Visionary World of Paul Lancaster (1st Fl. Shuford Gallery; 11/19/16 – 3/5/17) Since this exhibit won’t be up before the submission deadline, you can ask for images of Paul’s work at the second floor desk.
·Discover Folk Art (3rd Fl. Ongoing)
·Glass & Pottery from the Permanent Collection (2nd Fl. Objects Gallery; Ongoing)
Hope to see you and/or your work at the next Art of Poetry!

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