31 October 2017

loud little lines

open heart surgery
said her scar
two melanomas
said mine
car accident
said his
barely escaped with my life
such delicate jagged lines
stories of pain
memories we’d rather forget
impossible reminders
no one warned me
how years later they twinge
as if touched by a new knife
how sleep suddenly flees
at ghostly terrors and pangs
fresh survival
it’s not when we get there
it’s how
it’s not how we get there
it’s if
if you must speak, whisper 

23 October 2017


the wind is running riot through the pines
colossal swaying giants
but i stand
the rain is tormenting the rhodys
helpless failing leaves
but i stand
somehow the stream of life flows on
loves, losses, and breaks
the taste of coffee at day's dawning
the unseen scars of words said
the wind in my face on a fall day
His faithfulness unfathomable
my understanding so limited
on the cusp of tomorrow
still i stand
uncertain, unsure, longing for hope
what wreckage left by wind and rain
help my unbelief

25 September 2017

don't rush past

shhh, she whispered
as she held him close
my love keeps the night at bay

shhh, she whispered
as she stroked his hair
don't worry come what may

shhh, she whispered
as she kissed his face
the morn never fails to come

shhh, she whispered
though a tear touched her cheek
your cup overflows with grace

shhh, she whispered
as his eyes slowly closed
rest well though you wander far

shhh, she whispered
as his head reached her lap
He knows your dreams yet unspoken

shhh, she whispered
as his breath crept away
there's your room in unending day

12 September 2017


down by the river
that some can't pronounce
old painted horses
get ready to dance
someone's nostalgia
preserved their wood hearts
so kids can come ride
if their iPad is dead
around and around
with benches between
up and down
at a pace quite serene
for those who can pause
leave the merry-go-around
laugh like the child
they left far behind
its garish paint pairs
with music of tin town
and none can quite say
what that is about
who's twirling who
around and around
a break from the spin
on an old painted horse
getting ready to dance

08 September 2017


a red sun rises in a smoky sky
a dying world fallen prey
to consequence-free people
o my land what have they done?
my heart aches for your stately trees
once a sea of green far as sight
now embers and blackened trunks
the outcome of supreme thoughtlessness
i've lost my escape ring somewhere
there is no longer an exit from Jadis's world
toil and trouble, smoke and ash
i must find hope under this sickly sun
forgive even the worst of these
know in time i will find the door
leave forever this wounded life
come further up and further in

29 August 2017

let go

i'm finding there's an echo
in the corner of my mind
just when i think i've caught it
it's nowhere i can find

although it resonates
as clear as any bell
my mouth can't form the letters
its meaning none can tell

i hear it in the heartbreak
of every dear old friend
and in each stranger's smile
with problems i can't mend

i'm learning how to listen
to what i can't explain
and find the grace i know
still flows through every vein

for every futile effort
to mend this broken life
is now a chance to see
the way to end all strife

i'm finding there's a hope
apart from you or me
the broken veins can't lie
there's truth to set us free

28 July 2017


i swear i pulled that yesterday
its leaves now start to show
i didn't get the root
and stop it thus to grow

i swear i watered faithfully
that lovely little flower
so why is it all wilted
and dying more each hour

i swear i pruned that rhode
to keep it in its space
but now its little neighbour
can't see the sun's warm face

i swear the work just never ends
here in this growing garden
my back is sore my fingers ache
for whining i beg your pardon

i swear i'd rather let it go
and sit and watch tv
'cause is there anything to fear
from things i cannot see

i swear the years turn quickly
some three or four are past
the blackberries crept along
the house succumbed at last

FACT: Himalayan blackberry (invasive species in USA) can eat an entire house in 3 to 4 years.

"You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough." Galatians 5.7,9