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Where This Road Leads

I know full well where this road leads
The end is my desire and goal
But I know not how long it be
Or what lurks beyond the next knoll
My Companion knows, but won’t tell
I must trust that He’s in control
He’ll never leave me as I trudge
Toward rest for my weary soul

 

The prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today is to write an octet with the road as a theme. For more road-themed octets, head over to dVerse and click on Mr. Linky.

This is also my Day 21 post for NaPoWriMo2015.

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Some of What I Know

Today I decided to write my poem-of-the-day based on the NaPoWriMo2015 prompt, which is to write a poem that states things that I know. This could be a really long poem, because my head is full of all kinds of trivial knowledge, but I’ll just pick a few because I don’t have all day and neither to you.

Some of What I Know

Every person I meet has been through
some trial I know nothing about.

God knows every trial you and I have been through
every thought and deed that makes up our lives.

Potatoes are delicious, gluten-free, and dairy free
when cooked on a Traeger, boiled, fried, or roasted with herbs.

Eating gluten-free and dairy free is not as difficult
as people who don’t have to think it must be.

The sight and smell of flowers
can brighten even a dreary day.

The Oxford comma is never a bad choice
because it is a clear rule that avoids confusion.

The Chicago Manual of Style is a great resource
for questions of grammar and punctuation.

Poetry cares little about what
The Chicago Manual of Style has to say.

The Bible is made up of 66 books, all God’s Word
and is a great resource for the big questions of life.

Some people care little about what
God’s Word has to say about the trials they’ve been through.

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A Conversation with My Fearful Self

This poem was inspired by the April 16 prompt from The Daily Poet by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano. The prompt was to write a conversational poem in which alternating stanzas were two speakers in a conversation. I decided to write a conversation with myself.

A Conversation with My Fearful Self

I can’t wait for the conference
It’s going to be so much fun
I’m so glad Ginger wants to go with me
I’ll text her about picking her up and
see what she wants from Kyra’s Bakery

Ginger hasn’t texted me back
I’ll bet she doesn’t even want to go
to the conference with me at all

What? Ginger does so want to go
to the conference with you
She is just as excited about it as you
I’ll bet she just didn’t see your text

It’s been two days, of course she has
I’ll bet she hasn’t answered
because she’s trying to figure out
how to get out of going

That’s ridiculous! You know she wants to go
I’m sure she’s just been busy
or the text got buried
amongst a bunch of other texts
and she didn’t even see it

I’m just sure she doesn’t want to go
At least not with me
She’s probably trying to find
someone else to go with

Enough of that nonsense!
Just email her and ask

Fine, I’ll email her
but she won’t answer my email either

See, I told you so
Ginger emailed you back
and the only reason she didn’t answer before
is because she couldn’t decide
what kind of cupcake she wanted

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Iris

Purple

Iris bloom

Standing tall, fragile

My favorite garden flower

Beauty

 

To finish out my NaPoWriMo2015 commitment, I suspect I will be relying a bit on my favorite little form, the elfje.

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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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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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