by Erika B. Girard
Life is a crossword puzzle
that God created for us
to solve even though He
already knows the solution.
These clues are not impossible
to figure out; after all, they were
designed with us in mind. God’s
handiwork for the work of His hands.
One down involves a clue that says
It is something or someone dear
to the heart, a beautiful word.
Two across proclaims a similar idea
It is cherished and warm, given as
well as received. It is heartfelt, true.
Three down changes its tune
It is granted by God and chosen by
men. Women are more apt to have it.
Four across is a parallel thread
It is built through clarity of mind,
learned through clarity of heart.
Five down gives us the hint
It can be God-given or acquired
through tests, blessings, or lessons.
Six down is not mind, body, or heart
related. It is a selfless act, word, or
smile bestowed with pure intentions.
Seven across deals with a serious matter
It is something that must be earned
and cannot be bought. It is priceless.
Eight across is the final word to find
It is more precious than gold or pearls,
and it shall always set you free. Seek it.
This is a simple puzzle, yet takes a
lifetime to complete if you take
heart in learning the answers for
yourself without cheating any.
You notice in your old age as you
finish the final clue a note upon the
bottom right edge, tiny so you must
squint. You don’t know why you never
Noticed it before, but you are intrigued
nonetheless. It reads: My child, this
puzzle was designed with you in mind
because I love to teach you. Now
I have one final lesson for you. It is the
greatest of all, one you may have
overlooked: That one 5-letter word
answers every clue. F-A-I-T-H
About the Writer
Erika B. Girard is currently pursuing her M.A. in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry through SNHU. Originally from Rhode Island, she derives creative inspiration from her family, friends, and faith. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Sandhill Review, Wild Roof Journal, and more.