Isaiah’s Longing

Climbing up a mountain

they are coming

all the nations coming.

Up white steps of marble

beat of drumming, water humming

spilling fountains.

They are climbing

eyes a’shining.

Sun glistening on ebony

tears streaming from blue iris

jet hair flowing

breeze a’blowing

old on young arm leaning

all the colors of the rainbow

they are oh, so slowly streaming

up the mountain of the Lord.

And the mountain stands awaiting

arms flung out, embracing, 

Noah’s arc receiving

the children of the world.

The gentle people flowing,

past the silent lush greening, 

in the flowers peace is dreaming,

round the golden domed, gleaming

house of the Lord.

The gravel paths are crunching,

feet are kissing ground they’re touching.

Hushed emotion brimming.

They come with faces glowing,

against all odds here reaching,

out of oppression rising,

up from death to resurrection

from four corners of the earth.

Golden age of man in birth!

From the midmost heart of forest,

from the ocean floor arising,

coming home to desert blooming,

to fulfill Isaiah’s longing

troops, masses all now thronging

up the mountain of the Lord.


About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at
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