Anna Jensen

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I am no island
though I seek the solace of uncomplicated solitude
and stand as a colossus to my own independence
I am created connected,

I may prefer that you remain unsullied
by the struggle that is sometimes me,
but I am placed beside you
so you perhaps will
care watchfully
love prayerfully
stand firmly.

And then when you through valleys wander
bring I to remembrance that,
I am no island.

I am not always the centre of the storm that swirls
or the reason for the rage that roars,
but rather I am placed beside you
for just a reason
and a season

as this;
that I may care watchfully
pray lovingly
stand securely.

I truly am no island
I am we
You and me
Mine and yours
Caring, loving, praying, standing

Anna Jensen is a British ex-pat who has lived in South Africa for a little over twenty years. She lives with her husband and two teenage children on the east coast, a few miles north of the city of Durban.

Anna’s first book ‘The Outskirts of His Glory’ was published in May 2019. The book is a Christian devotional and poetry collection. Anna continues to write poetry and devotionals for a variety of publications, including her own blog.

You can find Anna at or email

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