1983
    Have Ye Received His Image?
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    “Have Ye Received His Image?” Ensign, Sept. 1983, 7

    Have Ye Received His Image? (Alma 5:14)

    This poem is the first place faculty poetry winner in a 1983 ASBYU/Ensign essay and poetry contest addressing “The Role of Learning and Becoming a Saint.”

    Here, unfinished I stand,

    Marbled piece of living stuff,

    Hammer in my hand,

    Chisel poised to crack the crass away.

    Before the thudding, tender stroke

    I wait.

    What seemed so sure a blow

    falters Feeling skin,

    Then,

    One self bids its counterpart,

    “Begin.”

    Gently,

    Chipping slower

    Than the tempered chisel

    Was designed to chop,

    I start.

    A surer stroke

    Probes within,

    As deeper, deepest blow

    Shapes rude stone’s life

    To Godly likeness,

    Proportioning each part,

    Til the finished figure gleams.

    Still one last Master-stroke

    Will give me life:

    Hammer, swing with perfect art!

    Find deeper still

    Fashion a broken heart.

    Photography by Eldon K. Linschoten