Confessions of an Iambic Soul


Hope for a Stress-Filled Life

What is an Iambic Soul?

Short Answer

The first question I get asked when I tell someone about this blog is, “What does iambic mean?”

The short answer is iambic refers to rhythms of unstressed and stressed syllables in poetry.

I use it as a metaphor to describe the stressed and unstressed periods that my heart seems to go through.

The Story

I’d been trying to come up with a good description for a some prose writing that I’ve composed in response to worship at my church. As I did I started to discover something about those writings and then also something about me.

I was looking for a way to describe something poetic and deep, but also something bare and still layered and also something strong and yet vulnerable. Some way to describe the variety of things to expect from my writing. While looking up words related to poetry I stumbled across the word Iambic. In looking up the definition I was reminded of what it means. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the word Iambic, it is a literary word used to describe the rythm of unstressed and stressed syallables in poetry. It is most famous in the poetic writing of Shakespeare who wrote in iambic pentamater.

As I looked at the metaphor deeper, I find my life seems this series of unstressed and stressed moments. My soul responds accordingly. Somehow much of what I write is poetic although it doesn’t often have the structure of Shakespeare’s works. I think it does reflect the balance of stressed and unstressed thoughts and hence was born this website.

I am an Iambic Soul. I now embrace the rythyms of stress and unstressed times in my life.

I hope you enjoy your time here and I hope I can help other Iambic souls on their journey to find peace.

My Declaration

My name is Mitch Comstock.

I am an iambic soul.

Yet I no longer rebel against the stress.

I now embrace the rhythms of the unstressed and stressed times in my life and leave the results to God.

His hand is good, and I can trust the stress that has a purpose.

Even if that purpose is not for my own individual good.

Even if never see what that purpose is.


I hope you enjoy your time here, and I hope this
helps other iambic souls on their journey to find peace.