I hardly ever remember writing first drafts, unless they are connected to a specific event, and most of my work is not. My poem "Such a Bright Future" describes my varied thought life, in which I attempt to get at the meat of my existence, but ultimately I realize Jesus Christ is my refuge, and like Paul, I feel that I am being poured out in a sense, and that God is pleased with me.
My life entails defining my existence in a way that makes sense to me. I can do what I want, but that soon leads to addiction. I am even addicted to Facebook. So true freedom (or at least the highest form of freedom) seems to be the liberation from selfish desires, not so much the ability to do whatever I want. I like what the Lord says: "If you drink of this water you will never thirst again." This is also like the 23rd Psalm: "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." Everyone is free to be included with God in Christ. That is the ultimate, and very simple, revelation.
Joel Fry's poem "Such a Bright Future" appears in issue 7.1 of Relief.