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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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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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Misled

People think depression
is being super sad

All you have to do is
decide to be happy instead

But it’s more hopeless
and much less
when one’s misled
by platitudes

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Alive!

Have you heard the news?
He’s no longer dead
He’s alive, the Marys said

This morning they found
His empty tomb
He appeared in this very room

He is risen!

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Lost

Cerulean sky
An honest sun
Warm spring breeze
In an instant undone

This sun is a liar
On a crisp fall day
When everything changed
And I lost my way

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Light and Momentary

His light and momentary trouble
hanging on the cross
far outweighs my trials
each and every loss

He gained my salvation
eternal life with God
By His sacrifice I’m awed

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Hosanna for Today

Hosanna in the highest
Today that’s what they say
As palm branches sway

But there’s still agony to pray
Hell to pay
They’ll forget this day
In five days’ time

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Extremes

Thirty words seem easy
compared to thirty thousand or more
needed for a memoir

With only thirty
you can just delete
all the ones you really don’t want to share

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It Was Foretold

Tables turned
Coins scattered
Spark a murderous rage

Caiaphas hatches a plan
To kill just one man
His anger to assuage

Pilate is his pawn
Still Jesus rose at dawn

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