Chocolate

I savor
the creamy chocolate flavor

Be it a dark chocolate bar
laced with cocoa nibs
Or sumptuous sorbet
with hazelnut tidbits
Or a delightful muffin
with just enough chips

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Servant Leader

Serving is a blessing
when those you serve
are not expecting
what they so deserve

Put a happy smile
on another’s face
Go the extra mile
by showing them grace

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Billy Austin

Did you ever get a song
stuck in your head?
A happy little jingle
about sunshine ahead?

In my head tonight
is Billy Austin’s
Tale of tragic plight
Come listen

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I’ve been trying to write my 30-word poems this month without commentary. Each poem has presented challenges because of my self-imposed 30-word limit, but none so much as this one. Perhaps I should have waited until May to write this poem, but I decided to add an explanation instead.

Over the past week the song Billy Austin by Steve Earle has been running through my head. I know all the words by heart. It is a sad tale, a commentary on one aspect of our culture of death. It reminds me that the death penalty is a bit like us playing God when we have no business doing so. I cannot listen to this song without a tear (or two or ten) welling up in my eyes.

I hope you’ll take a moment to follow this YouTube link and give it a listen. Bring your tissues. And you can read the lyrics here.

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A Mini-Psalm

“He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” Psalm 116:8 (NLT).

Dark fog surrounded me
Torrential tears drowned
I besought God,
Grant me relief from my despair

He answered me
Cleared away dark clouds
Dried my tears
Praise be to God

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The Game

This game of life and death
I want to win, do my best

Best is not good enough
Perfect the winning stuff

So I trust my substitute
Jesus, Jesse’s root

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Comfort

She’s here with me in this place
Comforting me with God’s grace

I miss her every day
Yet Jesus made a way

Redemption for us two
Letting hope break through

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April 22, 2017 · 9:38 am

A Lipogram without an “A”

When upon one moonlit night
I strolled rough contours
of deepest dell, frightful gorge
I spied this very funny George
Wiley wisp upon the moors
Become his friend I might

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Deep Roots

“It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant water.” Ezekiel 31:7

I sink my roots deep
in the Word of God
for nourishment and strength

I grow stronger each day
spreading boughs
of hope and grace

With Him I stand tall

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Creation of an Idea

In the beginning
was a blank page
and a thirty-day challenge

My mind spoke
Let there be thirty-word poems

And there was an idea
Poems emerged
From chaos came order

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Dying Slowly

If I’d been the thief on the cross
Dying next to Jesus last Friday
Today I’d be in His paradise
Instead of hanging here still
Dying a little each day

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Decided to share this melancholy poem as a postcard to the other side for De’s dVerse Poets Pub prompt today. Instead of a “wish you were here” it’s kind of a “wish I was there” postcard.

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