Dogwood

Pink
Dogwood blooms
Bushtits flitting, chittering
My morning is beautiful
Spring

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To Fear or Not to Fear

To fear or not to fear
That is the question
I face each day, my dear

To fear or not to fear
Has been the obsession
I’ve faced for over a year

To fear or not to fear
With great intercession
The answer is perfectly clear

It is not to fear
To trust God’s discretion
From His path never veer

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Who Am I?

I spent the past two days at the Faith and Culture Writers’ Conference in Portland, Oregon, and it was wonderful! But now I’m exhausted and still have to go grocery shopping today and take care of some of my Saturday chores that I didn’t do because, well, I was at a conference all day Friday and Saturday. But, I committed to NaPoWriMo and so I have to post a poem today. I decided to post a short poem I wrote in my journal on Friday that was inspired by the opening session of the conference. I was going to post it on Friday, but ended up writing and posting a different poem that afternoon. So here’s the Friday morning poem.

Who Am I?

Who am I?
Beloved, fearless in Christ

Who am I?
Conveyor of love and fearlessness

Who am I?
Translator of God’s worthiness
to an unworthy world
in need of His grace and beauty

Who am I?
Image-bearer of the One True God
just like you

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My Life in Art

My life in charcoal and ink
hidden in the darkness
where prying eyes can’t see

My life in water color pastels
visible in the light
but the lines are hazy
masking what prying eyes might see

My life in acrylic and oil
nothing hidden from the light
crisp clear lines and detail
for all eyes to see

My life in words
Would you read them?
Would they speak to you
help heal your pain?

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The Wind

Your love is a violent wind
Sweeping away my pain and sin

Your grace is a babbling brook
Soothing the chaos within my soul

You warm me when all I feel is cold
When my heart is frozen in dread and fear

Your consuming Spirit draws me near
“Hush My child, for you are Mine”

And like a tiny caterpillar
Released from its cocoon
I fly aloft on Your gentle breeze
I am free as a butterfly

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Out of Words

Why, oh why, did I decide to do NaPoWriMo? I knew I had too much to do this month to take on something else, but once I say I’m going to do something I have a hard time letting it go. So after finishing two book proposals today for the Faith & Culture Writers Conference tomorrow, I threw together this stupid little ditty.

Out of Words

It’s only day nine of thirty
of NaPoWriMo
but I’m feeling a little unwordy

Spent all day writing
book proposals
so all I got is this poem unexciting

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Venerate the Lord

Venerate the Lord our God
Emmanuel on earth did trod
Never losing His divinity
Ever the blessed Trinity
Raised to life, the Holy One
Alleluia, God’s only Son
Truth and Life and only Way
Exalt the Lord our God today

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Giving up Fear

Over at dVerse Poets Pub today, Abhra has challenged us to write letter poems. I had someone specific in mind when I wrote this, but there are so many people I know who live with unnecessary fear and anxiety that it could easily be an open letter to them all. The final stanza is a reference to Philippians 4:6-7.

Giving up Fear

I learned of your anxiety
This news I’m sad to hear
I long ago was in your shoes
Crippled by my fear

You daren’t go out on the town
Lest the fear cause you to take cover
Even to celebrate with friends
Is a challenge, you discover

Yet “Do not fear” the Lord has said
He longs to keep you near
Trust in Him to care for you
Give to Him every fear

With petition and thanksgiving
Each care and worry release
As I have experienced so can you
He’ll grant you abundant peace

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I Remember Eucalyptus

I remember the scent of eucalyptus wafting on the wind.

I remember the scent of summer rain on the hot, dry dirt road.

I remember dust devils swirling down that same dirt road before the rain came.

I remember the hot, arid Santa Ana winds in the California sun, pushing wildfires in their path.

I remember carrots and green beans and radishes and cucumbers (and dill) and ripe red tomatoes in the garden.

I remember riding my bike to the Elliots’ house and barely making it up their steep paved driveway off the dirt road below.

But mostly, I remember the scent of eucalyptus.

 

This poem was inspired by the April 5 prompt from The Daily Poet by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano.

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Risen – An Easter Poem

It’s Easter, Resurrection Day, and Jesus has risen! He has risen, indeed!

RISEN

Risen, He’s risen, the women cried
they’d seen the empty tomb
with only grave clothes left inside

Immanuel lives, though He died
was laid in a borrowed tomb
as His mother, in sorrow, cried

Supernatural resurrection abide
death defeated in the tomb
sin and Satan’s power denied

Even as the grave opened wide
the stone removed from the tomb
as justice and mercy there collide

Now with His people forever to reside
the Holy One has left the empty tomb
reconciled with the Church, His bride

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