• Poetry

    To the Tune of ‘Lilies’, {a #poem}

    There is a song in petals, the rainsound of notes on thirsty earth feeding spring’s new flowers. There is a melody in the making of a garden where silent, shriveled seeds wait to burst, pushing through wet soil with their magic strength inside. There is a harmony in the golden leafwhisper and silent shout of green dusting the tips of dogwood and rose, tulip, lilac, moss. The symphony grows as God bouquets the Earth with color and we hear that far off tune, the resounding music that calls us beyond this heaven to our home. ~*~*~* I was reading Psalm 45 this morning; the Scripture that God spoke to me…

  • My Poems,  Poetry

    Writer’s Break {a #poem}

    I’ve been awash in words of late, missing out on the wind waving through steel branches, blue and white sky. Eyes too crowded to take note of the weather which goes on without me, whether I watch it or not. A glance through the dining room glass speaks loudly in all caps. I am listening. “There is no earth-changing work worth writing that can compare to the lines written in the night sky on an early March evening.” Memory safely deposited for another day, I bank on the Holy Spirit’s call to tug at my downward eyes next time I am consumed with my own importance. I will myself to…

  • Poetry,  Spiritual Practice

    Wait Training {a #poem}

    I want to fly these dumbbells up, down, up, down quick! The momentum of each lift rising at my side pushing past perhaps what’s safe or wise in the name of what? Speed or yes, the checklist-exercise- done! When I slow instead, face the window and raise these weighted arms slow, slow, slow-up; slow, slow, slow- down-the strain increases but the work muscle-wise is longer lasting. I feel the wait and wonder if speed is highly overrated. Aware of the answer, I rest into the process lifting again, lowering at my leisure. Repeat.Relax.Rest.Return. And find a lesson in these weights, an exercise written over taut skin, reaching to my soul.…

  • Poetry

    Physical Science {a #poem}

    “Samara,” she said and the words took flight in my hearing, invisible windborne flora soaring across my thoughts. She spoke of wings, a divine creation spinning towards earth to plant itself like a stubborn weed-fierce and stuck. Imagination took root, sending me flying home towards Webster’s– ‘some-are-uh’ – and there a black and white drawing of a seed with wings “an indehiscent, usually  one-seeded fruit, of the ash  or maple.” Like that spinning tree-gift may I fly holy words, carrying the seed of my Saviour to land, stuck and stubborn, finally splitting into silent roots then skyward, bearing fruit with wings. ~~~~~~~ sometimes a poem inspires a poem. Thank you,…

  • Poetry

    Week One-A Prayer

    I wish I could collect the light, landing its shadows on this page as it creeps ever brighter through the gray. Pour it out to wash my heart, salve the wound of this present heaviness, the sighs that never end. Hold it lightly aloft, praying no sharp wind or quiet, steady breeze snuff it out, for we need it so Father, carry us, ferry us through storms, silent and proud as we shine hope in the right direction–people-ward up ward. Send us, spread us like the daily sure rising of your sun, that moves ever on into the distant dark.

  • Poetry

    I’ve Been Asking

    Jesus, because He said I could (ask) about a Five Year Plan– like a plannable annuity with a guaranteed return on my investment. as if… as if a sure answer for my tomorrows would bring me peace today. He whispers instead what’s doable– the Five Hour Plan-a chunk of time allotted to say, oh, baking a pie– manageable, like a tried and true recipe gather ingredients check oven double check recipe mix, roll, bake voila! a pie, sure as shootin’. Yes, I asked Jesus about what’s ahead…on down the road… over the hill and of course (you guessed it) He handed me a peach.  

  • Poetry

    The Practice of Pondering While Making Soup

    Facing the stove, I busy my hands with this thrice-cooked fowl, weaving water herbs and onions to conjure a warming repast for our souls. Skin holds meat, meat holds bone (or is it the other way around?) and as chunks slip and slide into the bubbling pot before me, I wonder, wordless, at the speed with which we revere and revile our fellow human beings. In the other room a happy tumult erupts. A television voice announces it’s a beautiful day in LaLaLand. Steady sun shines on folks arriving via car and carpet as crowds cheer. Some of them will be handed the world. Perhaps they deserve it. The cynical…

  • Poetry

    Sabbath on the Page, Winter {a #poem}

    What can you hear in a         winter sky? Trees        sleeping, sap coursing        slowly stopped by         these northern climes and        their accompanying chill. The sound of sunlight, settled        like a theater’s best ending,        shadowplay kept for        juncos and chickadees. Gray like warm flannel on a         winter’s night by the        fire, celestial feathers        cover like a goose’s wing        over her chicks. I tune my pencil, painting        this poem of treesound, cloudstill    …